Posted: 20/11/2017

ForViva has completed work on the regeneration of the former Salford Reds rugby ground, The Willows.

Dozens of residents and their families are now moving into The Willows development in Weaste, Salford following an £11 million transformation of the derelict ground into 103 much needed new family houses, apartments and bungalows, meeting a range of needs.

As a tribute to the heritage of the much-loved club, the streets on the new scheme have been named after former players including Lance Todd Close and Gus Risman Street.

The development includes 81 homes for affordable rent and 22 properties available for shared ownership – giving local people the opportunity to take a 25% or upwards equity stake in a home for less than £29,000.

Colette McKune, Group Deputy Chief Executive at ForViva, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed families in to their new homes and to be marking the completion of this project which has helped transform a derelict and challenging site into a thriving community.

“At a time when demand for affordable homes outstrips supply in Salford, bringing forward new developments like The Willows that help meet local people’s housing needs is a top priority for ForViva.”

City West Housing Trust, which is part of the ForViva Group, secured £2.75 million of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency to support the development of the site, which got underway in September 2015.

Contractor Watson Homes worked alongside Grays Architecture on the scheme.

ForViva plans to build 1,200 properties across the North West.

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