24 August 2017
The BBC’s DIY SOS Big Build scheme in Manchester has been shortlisted for Inside Housing’s ‘Best regeneration project (non-London)’ and ‘Best partnership’ awards for 2017.
The project saw the refurbishment of eight homes with a new streetscape and upgrades to the facades of 62 neighbouring properties, with ISG providing supply chain and project management services.
Once run-down, the streets of Canada Street (and the adjoining New Street) were deserted and full of empty properties.
With the help of contractors from across the city and a royal visit or two (Princes Harry and William visited the site in September 2015), DIY SOS and Manchester City Council have transformed the streets into a thriving community with 24 ex-service personnel now calling the streets home.
Managed by Haig Housing Trust, Manchester Veterans' Village is also home to a Walking With The Wounded advice and therapy centre that offers training and employment opportunities for veterans as they continue to deal with the effects of war.
ISG’s framework director, Neil Walker, had an overseeing role in the project. He said it was an incredible project to be part of.
“All the hard work was worth it and it is amazing to hear the scheme is gaining the recognition it deserves.
“I have no doubt that these streets have transformed people’s lives for the better and that is a wonderful thing to have taken part in.”
The Veteran’s Special TV programme aired in October 2015 and was delivered in conjunction with Manchester City Council.
The winner will be revealed at a black-tie ceremony on 23 November at The Hurlingham Club, London.