PHASE one of a near £6million housing development in Stalybridge town centre has been completed.
Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, opened Cheetham House, a three-story block of one-and-two bedroomed apartments.
They are situated on the former site of Castle Street textile mill which stood there in the 1800s.
The apartments have been built by Rowlinson Construction for the Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group, who worked with Tameside Council and Pozzoni Architects.
Mr Reynolds said: “It has been wonderful to see the transformation of the old mill site which promises a fantastic opportunity for regeneration.
“Cheetham House is a superb development and another exciting step forward in the journey to regenerate Stalybridge town centre.
“Congratulations to Mosscare St Vincent’s and to everybody who has worked so hard on the scheme.
“Cheetham House is, of course, just the first part of a larger housing scheme in the area. Work on phase two has now begun and we all look forward to seeing the completion of the development in the spring of next year.”
Phase two is for 18 shared ownership and rent-to-buy apartments that are scheduled to be completed in March 2020.
Cost of both phases is £5.96m on which £1.39m was granting funding from Homes England.
Charlie Norman, chief executive of MSV Housing Group, said: “There is a lack of town apartments in Stalybridge of this standard and for an affordable rent.
“The scheme is part of Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s Town Centre Challenge and MSV is very proud of the standard and quality of this aspirational development.
“It’s not been without its challenges but we’re very happy with the result and I personally am looking forward being here again to launch phase two.”
Dave Chilton, from Rowlinson Construction, added: “The Cheetham House project forms part of our wider involvement to help regenerate the centre of Stalybridge.
“We believe the town has a bright future with the investment that Rowlinson and the other partners are contributing.
“We’re proud to be delivering this new and affordable housing for the community.”
• MSV was formed 18 months ago following the merger of Mosscare Housing Group and St Vincent’s Housing Association and manages more than 8,500 homes across the North West with a mixed portfolio of social rented, shared ownership, sheltered and special over-60s supported housing.