Construction of the £113m Gateways to Oldham project has commenced following a ground breaking ceremony held at Kent Avenue in central Chadderton.
Comprising Wates, Great Places Housing Group, and Regenter, the consortium signed a 25-year contract to deliver improved public housing services for Oldham Council at the end of November.
The project will see enhanced recreational facilities including two new community centres and a retail unit, improved parking, footpaths and street lighting and management and maintenance of the estates over the 25-year period.
Areas earmarked for improvements include the Crossley and Primrose Bank estates with the new homes built on brownfield sites at Westwood and Fitton Hill.
Steve Jackson, regional managing director at Wates Living Space, said: “We have an excellent site team in place that have already been busy making links with the local community to ensure we utilise our presence in the borough to create local employment and training opportunities. We’re eager to get cracking – now is the time for the hard work of building to begin.”