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Contract awarded for new affordable homes

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Work to build affordable accommodation for older people in Wigan Borough is another step closer now a contractor has been appointed.   

Wigan Council has entered into contract with Rosslee Construction, who will deliver 12 one-bedroom apartments for older people at Almond Brook Road and Longridge Avenue in Standish.  

The cottage-style homes will be available to rent through the local authority from September 2021.  

Councillor Terry Halliwell, cabinet member for housing and welfare at Wigan Council said: “We’re glad to have Rosslee Construction on board the team to help us provide high-quality homes for our older residents. “This type of accommodation has historically been in short supply in Standish so we’re glad to have identified two sites, which we will develop as part of our direct delivery programme.” Work will start on site on 16 November for approximately 11 months.  

Rosslee Construction was chosen as the successful contractor as a result of their commitment to supporting community schemes alongside pledging to create apprenticeship and work experience placements for local people. They also committed to ensuring suppliers from Wigan Borough and Manchester are part of the scheme. 

Coun Halliwell added: “Ensuring our communities and businesses are supported and have access to quality opportunities is a key priority for us. We’re keen to support the Wigan pound in line with our community wealth building values and Rosslee Construction share these priorities, which is why we felt they were a good fit for this scheme.”  

Gary Clarkson, managing director of Rosslee Construction said: “We are looking forward to working on this scheme, our management team and several of our workforce live in the Wigan area and it is therefore essentially a local contract for us. We look forward to extending work opportunities for local people and contributing to a much needed asset to the community.” 

For more information about housing schemes in the borough, visit www.wigan.gov.uk/housing

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