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Manchester ‘wins’ funding for new homes

The scheme will see work commencing on the 32 bungalows, which are specially designed for older residents’ in March 2010 with a view to the first tenants being able to move in later in 2011.

Manchester’s bid was the result of a design competition held by the council in June in which five firms of architects took part.

The council selected Altrincham based architects Bowker Sadler as the winners since their designs offered the best blend of accessibility and supportive features to meet the needs of older persons.

Also, each home will meet the high environmental design standards which will provide significant savings on utility bills for the tenants.

Manchester City Council Executive member for Housing Councillor Paul Andrews said:

"Manchester City Council is delighted to learn that our bid for the development of 32 two bedroom bungalows in Charlestown and Higher Blackley has been successful.

"This would be the first time in 24 years Manchester City Council has built new council homes for its residents.

"The development specifically targets the needs of older people in areas of Manchester where there is under-occupation of existing social housing and few opportunities for older households to move to purpose built housing."

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