Summers Quay safety review after Grenfell Tower disaster

THE Grenfell tower fire tragedy has had ramifications on a new £8million housing development in Stalybridge.

The imposing Summers Quay development

Summers Quay, currently being constructed by New Charter Homes, has had additional fire safety measures put in place.

And New Charter Homes’ John Ardern told Stalybridge Town Council that they will delay completion of the apartments.

Mr Ardern said: “The safety issues were raised in the wake of what happened at Grenfell Tower.

“We have spent considerable time checking the building and fire safety measures with additional ones added, including a sprinkler system.

“We believe it will delay completion by between four and six weeks, but we think it is the right thing to do.”

Mr Ardern says the project is due to be completed by July, but there will be a “big unveiling” in January when the wrapping is removed. That will signify work to the exterior has been finished.

An additional safety concern was raised at the town council meeting when it was reported youths had climbed to the top of the scaffolding.

There are 67 one and two bedroom apartments in the six-storey high development available for rent at between £575 and £750 per calendar month, plus service charges.

Mr Ardern added 200 people have already lodged an interest in renting the apartments and deposits will be accepted from the end of January.

Taylor and Wood have been appointed as agents for the residential element and  Impey will manage the commercial space on the ground floor.

Mr Ardern added negotiations are “advanced” and hopefully one company will hire the entire commercial space, though he confirmed it is not for a supermarket.

“If the deal comes off, an announcement will be made in the near future,” he explained.

Concern was raised by residents at the town council meeting that Summers Quay was not affordable housing, but Mr Ardern pointed out New Charter Homes has 15,000 social units in the borough and currently has 30 homes being built at affordable rents.

Summers Quay is described by New Charter Homes as the largest, private rented development to be undertaken through its commercial property arm, Cavendish Property Developments which was set up in 2013.

Building work began on Summers Quay in August 2016 and will be completed by next summer.


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