Veterans Village in East Manchester

  • Client
    Manchester City Council
  • Project cost
    £3m
  • Location
    Newton Heath, East Manchester
  • Awards
    RICS Grand Final, Regeneration - Highly Commended, RICS North West, Regeneration Winner, LABC North West, Best Inclusive Building Winner

To transform dilapidated empty homes into bespoke veterans village

What happens when you bring the BBC, Walking with the Wounded, Manchester City Council and a group of consultants together? Only the largest DIY SOS challenge ever! Not only has this project set the benchmark for true collaboration amongst those who are normally competitors, it has delivered an exceptional community provision for army veterans who often feel marginalised from society. A once empty street is now a thriving hub of opportunity and rehabilitation in a safe and inclusive environment.

BTP was the project architect on the veterans village and part of the volunteer consultant team working on the bigggest ever DIYSOS Big Build in Manchester. The project entailed transforming run-down terrace houses in Newton Heath, East Manchester into bespoke and modern homes for army veterans including a Walking with the Wounded Advice and Therapy Centre.

BTP were closely involved in all aspects of the scheme including surveying the properties, designing the houses to ensure that they met with the requirements of the veterans and working closely with our partners at Manchester City Council, Planning and Building Control to ensure the project came to fruition.

We have just completed the second phase of the project working with Haig Housing, which has seen a further 17 empty properties refurbished for incoming ex-servicemen and their families.

Key features

Throughout the project team had a unified approach and willing volunteers, with around £2m donated in labour and materials. The following was achieved in just 15 days:-

  • Eight empty properties were refurbished into three larger residential homes with disabled access, plus a two-bedroom extension
  • An office and therapy centre was created - offering jobs and health support
  • Facelifts were given to all 62 houses in Canada and neighbouring New Street
  • Streetscaping improvements
The latest phase of work at the veterans village has involved BTP working with Haig Housing to convert 17 empty properties into 14 refurbished homes for veterans, including three larger, adapted, resdiential homes.

Outcome

A vibrant community for army veterans and their families.

"BTP Architects have shown a real commitment to the DIY SOS project and its aims. They brought an essential range of expertise, experience and skills to the project. "
Carol Western, Manchester City Council
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