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Hayward Court opening signs off a week of campaigning for affordable housing

 

6 Apr 2017

Southway Housing has officially opened Hayward Court, providing 24 state-of-the-art, affordable rented homes in South Manchester, following a city-wide campaign to address Manchester’s housing crisis and increase affordable housing.
 
The £2.1 million development on Beverly Road has seen the former site of Ladybarn Social Club, left empty since 2013, transformed into 18 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom flats across three buildings, with on-site car parking and landscaping.




 
Hayward Court, named in honour of fallen soldiers from Ladybarn, provides much needed high quality affordable housing and regeneration to the area. The completion of the scheme follows a week of Manchester wide campaigning, led by the National Housing Federation , around the importance of affordable housing. 
 
On average Southway receives 180 bids for every rental property and new research has identified housing as a top priority for voters in Greater Manchester, with 40% of voters in the city region believing the new Mayor should prioritise plans for new housing in the first 100 days of office. Despite providing around 1 in 4 properties across Manchester and delivering around 40% of all new homes, non-profit organisations such as Southway face growing challenges to continue creating much needed developments such as Hayward Court. The campaign aims to bring the topic to the top of the political agenda ahead of Manchester’s mayoral elections.




 
Elliott Lewis, tenant of Hayward Court, said “Properties need to be affordable because a lot of people who need housing are going to be unemployed or people who don’t have a lot of experience, because they don’t have a lot of qualifications – or not the right ones to get high-paid jobs. Where are they going to go? You’re going to struggle because even with a job it only just covers your rent. Paying market value rent – I’d be left with nothing. You’d just about be able to afford food; food or social life; that would be your choice. That life – it’s not giving you any prospect or hope.”
 
Hayward Court is part of an expanding, ambitious programme of residential development across South Manchester and the surrounding areas. It is the fifth successful scheme delivered in the area by Southway Housing Trust and their partners over the last 2 years. The additional schemes provide 48 homes across four developments including Talbot Court, White Swan Court, Westbrook Close and Oasis Close.




 
Duncan Smith, Director of Business and Growth for Southway Housing said: “We’re really proud of Hayward Court, and developments like these not only provide much needed housing, but help regenerate entire areas too. It is crucial to south Manchester that we keep on going with our ambitious programme of residential development in the local and surrounding areas.”

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NOTE TO EDITORS
 

Video of Brian Parkes and Kelly Evans – tenants of Hayward Court 
 
Southway’s Additional Campaign Videos;
Derek (Westbrook Close)
Elsie (Oasis Close)
Photos of Hayward opening;

References:
1.  In August 2016 Southway asked tenants to suggest names of local fallen soldiers that could inspire the naming of their newest development of flats, which are being built on the former site of a Royal British Legion social club in Ladybarn. The following entry was chosen:
Book titled "Ladybarn Men" compiled by John Davies in 2014 commemorating all the Ladybarn men killed in the Great War. There were four brothers from Egerton Road all killed: Burleigh Hayward, Frederick Hayward, Harold Hayward and Rupert Hayward. I think "Hayward Court" would be a nice tribute to them”.
2. The National Housing Federation is the voice of affordable housing in England. We believe that everyone should have the home they need at a price they can afford. That’s why we represent the work of housing associations and campaign for better housing.
Our members provide two and a half million homes for more than five million people. And each year they invest in a diverse range of neighbourhood projects that help create strong, vibrant communities.
For more information, visit: www.housing.org.uk prteam@housing.org.uk or 0207 067 1146 or 07786 916877
3. Centre for Cities – 2017 Mayoral Research: Manchester City region (Com Res)
4. Reference: goo.gl/8PH1le
Additional information;
BTP Architects were appointed to lead the £2.1 million Hayward Court development which was built by Seddon Construction.