Crossfield Living, part of Crossfield Group, has been appointed to deliver Wigan Council’s flagship Railway Arches development, a move that will see the business expand its presence across the North West region.
Building work on the £4.5m housing project is set to begin in the Spring and will include the construction of 40 apartments at the former Railway Arches car park off Queen Street in Leigh Town Centre.
Planning permission for the development, which has been designed by AFL Architects, was granted in September 2020 and will also include residents’ parking, cycle storage and refuse facilities.
The project forms a major part of Crossfield Group’s regional growth plans, which will see the business expand in its core public and private sector markets, including education, housing, extra care, high rise residential and health facilities.
As part of its work in Leigh, Crossfield Living has developed a bespoke social value strategy in-line with Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Social Value Policy.
The strategy sets out ambitious targets to prioritise local employment and environmental sustainability. The business has committed to using a wholly local supply chain, to create
two employment opportunities per £1m spent, provide 30 apprenticeship weeks and deliver a series of mentoring opportunities for young people among other commitments.
David Dobson, Director of Crossfield Living, commented: “Investment in public sector development is first and foremost about value for money and this has never been more necessary than now. At Crossfield, we believe in building better lives by building better environments and as a construction partner we place as much emphasis on investing in the local community as we do on our buildings. We’re very much looking forward to delivering a social value strategy that will significantly benefit local people and businesses at a time when they need it most.
“We’re very proud to be leading the Railway Arches project and to be supporting Wigan Council with its direct delivery of new build affordable housing. The development adds to Crossfield Living’s extensive project portfolio across the North West and will contribute to the continued regional growth and success of Crossfield Group.
“We have an excellent team in place for the Railway Arches project, who are not just experts in the residential sector, but who also have existing strong relationships with the Greater Manchester supply chain, community groups and local businesses. Their knowledge and experience will be key to an efficient, safe and successful project for the people of Leigh.”
The Railway Arches development forms part of Wigan Council’s direct delivery affordable housing programme and is scheduled to complete in Summer 2022.
“We’re very proud to be leading the Railway Arches project and to be supporting Wigan Council with its direct delivery of new build affordable housing.”