Community Together – May 2021 special edition

Our aim is to deliver high quality social housing in Rochdale town centre, with a better mix of types of homes for current and future local residents to support a better quality of life. This will include specialist homes for older people as well as new houses and new and refurbished apartments. We have guaranteed that all residents who need to move will be able to stay in the town centre if they wish to do so, in the same type of home with the same tenancy rights.

Residents have told us they wish to understand the timescale for future moves as part of the regeneration plans set out in 2017, and on Tuesday 18th May we provided an update to residents about the next phases of rehousing. This is in line with the Government roadmap which means we can now provide face to face support to those who need it.

In addition to writing to residents directly, we have distributed a special May 2021 edition of our Community Together newsletter with details of the next phases of rehousing. You can download a copy of this newsletter (including a text only version) below.

Job opportunities linked to our Lower Falinge new homes

A number of job opportunities are currently available linked to our new homes currently under construction in Lower Falinge

Electrical Apprentice opportunity with J&R Electrical

J&R Electrical are looking for an apprentice to join their team on site in Lower Falinge as well as their other sites.

 

Qualified, self-employed joiners available for work in Rochdale

One of ENGIE’s subcontractors are looking for local joiners to support the delivery of our new homes in Lower Falinge. Candidates must have:

  • Previous experience on a fast-paced construction site
  • Relevant qualifications – City & Guilds or NVQs in Carpentry and Joinery.
  • Their own full set of site 110v tools.
  • A valid CSCS card

Anyone interested can send us their CV via workandskills@rbh.org.uk by March 19th 2021.

Community Together newsletter: February 2021

This week, residents will receive their latest edition of “Community Together” – our newsletter for the communities of College Bank and Lower Falinge.

You can download PDF and plain text versions of the newsletter below. This edition includes:

  • The latest news about improvements to retained blocks in Lower Falinge
  • New information from our New Pioneers Programme
  • An update on fire safety at College Bank
  • Details of our VIP awards winners!

Download your February 2021 copy of “Community Together” now:

Update on retained blocks at College Bank

Our regeneration plans at College Bank have now reached the stage where we are in a position to provide more clarity for residents in the remaining retained blocks.

We have written to residents in Underwood, Holland Rise, and Mardyke, to let them know that our refurbishment plans will mean that they will need to move for the duration of the modernisation work. Over the past few months, we have been carrying out technical surveys, including the recent fire risk assessments, and although we still do not have the full detail of what refurbishment and modernisation work could involve, we do now know for certain that it would be extensive enough that residents would not be able to continue to live in their homes while the work is carried out.

We will continue to keep residents fully informed and we will share any information promptly as soon as it is available. We will also enable as many of these temporary moves as possible to be to other available flats within College Bank.

If you have any queries, you can look at our updated FAQ or you can get in touch with our team.

Survey work in Underwood and Mitchell Hey – week commencing 30th November 2020

In the summer of 2017, we set out long term proposals for improving the quality and mix of homes in College Bank and Lower Falinge. These proposals included four blocks at College Bank which would be demolished as part of the redevelopment (Mitchell Hey, Dunkirk Rise, Tentercroft and Town Mill Brow) and three blocks at College Bank for which we said we would explore the options for refurbishment and modernisation (Underwood, Holland Rise, and Mardyke).

We have been working hard since then to take our proposals in the town centre forward, including some survey work on individual blocks that was carried out in summer 2020. We now need to undertake further detailed survey work to get more information to inform the refurbishment and modernisation of homes at College Bank.

This technical survey work will take place in the Underwood and Mitchell Hey blocks over the course of this week. In Underwood, we expect internal work to be completed by Tuesday 1st December and external work by Friday 4th December. In Mitchell Hey, work will take place on Wednesday 2nd December only.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the surveys which need to be carried out in the empty homes and communal areas, there is likely to be some low level noise and disruption at times throughout the day. We will keep any noise to a minimum and will not be working in any occupied homes, and we have written to residents in Underwood and Mitchell Hey already to let them know.

Please be assured that all work will be carried out by our contractors in line with social distancing guidelines, to ensure the safety of residents, the RBH team and our contractors.

If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.