Warrington Housing Association expands its property portfolio

Warrington Housing Association is shaking up its property portfolio, branching into market lets with a new high-spec conversion.


Warrington Housing Association is shaking up its property portfolio, branching into market lets with a new high-spec conversion.

WHA primarily offers affordable housing let to people on the basis of need.

In addition to its affordable housing, it is developing a small portfolio of properties available at full market rent.

Two houses on the border of desirable Stockton Heath and Grappenhall have been converted into four two-bedroom apartments with office or storage space as part of the £200,000 redevelopment.

The two upper floor apartments on Chester Road are being rented for £800 per month and the two lower floor apartment £750 per month.

WHA’s director of operations Niki Stockton, said: “Chester Road conversion is part of a small scheme, which will provide a mix of properties for market and affordable rent.

“All four have been let, mostly to professional people, on assured short hold tenancies with a minimum of six months let. We hope all the tenants stay longer.

“We have planning permission for four affordable flats at the same location and hope to start on site in the new year, to complete by next autumn.

“The WHA board made the decision to branch out into market rate property to increase choice for customers, making better use of our assets and improving the housing offer available in Warrington.

“It is a vital and growing part of the housing market that offers a flexible form of tenure, greater choice and meets a wide range of housing needs.

“There are very few smaller properties for rent in the local area – mainly bigger houses in what is a very popular and desirable area.

“WHA continues to focus on the provision of affordable social housing and providing wider services such as Lifetime and WHiA for the benefit of the wider community.

“We are a small, local housing provider and a not-for-profit organisation so any surplus generated is used to invest in new or existing homes and services.”

Wigan-based contractor Connolly Ltd carried out the renovations on behalf of WHA.

Connolly director Ian Curme said: “Following a competitive tendering process Connolly Ltd were pleased to be appointed to deliver the conversion of two substantial semi-detached properties into four apartments at 67 & 69 Chester Road, Warrington, with a tender value approaching £200,000.

“These four-bedroom period properties were considerately converted into two-bedroom apartments with four-piece bathrooms, two bedrooms, generous kitchen dining rooms and spacious lounges. They are fully compliant with all current legislation and generously specified and appointed to create an ambient living space with considered and well specified fixtures and fittings. External landscaping and parking courts provided the final touches for the lucky residents.

“It was a pleasure to work with Warrington Housing Association, David Cox Architects and Nicol Thomas to deliver Chester Road. A collaborative, partnering-focused delivery ethos has generated a project of exceptional quality and Connolly Ltd are delighted to have been a member of the team.”