PDS play their part in bringing derelict skyscrapers back to life

Over the past couple of years East Manchester districts New Islington and Ancoats have seen great improvements thanks to millions of pounds of public and private investment.

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Dramatic transformational changes have been made in order to raise the profile of the area helping to improve the sense of community, open up jobs and create greater affluence for local people. Just 10 minutes from the exciting Manchester City Centre, New Islington and Ancoats are in a prime location and in a campaign to change people’s perceptions of the area and encourage workers, young families and graduates to relocate there, money has been spent on building hundreds of new homes, a health centre, free school and the New Islington Marina.

One of the most noticeable changes the area has seen has been the transformation of the Manchester skyline through the renovation of three 12-storey tower blocks that stood derelict for over 15 years. Formally known as Salford, Chippenham and Rodney Court, the tower blocks acted as an eyesore to the area after their closure by council chiefs in 1994 and soon became completely abandoned bar a number of squatters that set up home in the run down sites.

With a view to breathe new life into the surrounding area the former social housing blocks have been brought back into use. Rowlinson Construction have taken on the project and they’ve worked hard in transforming the internal and external of the building, converting it into 192 privately rented one and two bedroom boutique style, high end city apartments.  Nigel Rawlings, of Tribe Apartments Limited, said: “Our aim is to elevate and set the bar in the private rent market in Manchester.”

Manchester City Centre Council threw a massive £7.9 million, build to rent loan, at the project, to increase the amount of people renting in the area. Rents will range from £500 - £900 pcm. Offering a vibrant, affordable place to rent on the doorstep of the city centre.

PDS have had a strong relationship with Rowlinson Construction for many years and In March 2014 they made an enquiry for a huge order of oak grooved FD30 flat entrance doorsets and white internal flush lacquered doorsets. PDS met the specification and in May 2014 Rawlinson Construction placed an order with PDS to supply an impressive 1375 doors for the project. The doorsets have a luxurious feel to them which complemented the project well and are fully fitted with fab & fix and UAP ironmongery.

The finishes in the project are above and beyond what would be expected from their rental price. The response to Tribe Apartments has been incredible. This is just the start of many changes to be made within the local area and PDS look forward to their part in bringing the new and improved Manchester to life.

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