Inspire magazine is where One Manchester customers can hear about community news, updates and articles for residents in East and South Manchester.
Award-winning housing When work was completed on the maisonettes and bungalows at Erneley Close, Longsight, the transformation from the draughty 1960s blocks into highly energy-efficient, ‘technicolour’ properties was striking. One year on and residents have seen their energy bills fall by up to 80 per cent and are reporting less infections, colds and asthma symptoms. First year figures show residents are now spending an average of just 47 pence per day on heating and hot water compared to the national average of £1.93 per day for similar properties of this age, saving them an average of over £500 per year. The energy savings and health benefits are the result of implementing the ‘Passivhaus’ design and build principles developed in Germany to regulate temperature, dramatically reducing the need for additional heating and cooling. This is done by creating an airtight seal around the interior of a property before carefully insulating it to ensure that no warmth can escape - a bit like a tea cosy. The scheme, one of the first large-scale retrofit to Passivhaus EnerPHit Standard by a social landlord, was recognised for the dramatic impact it has made on the neighbourhood and its residents when it won the ‘Award for Sustainability’ at the national Planning and Placemaking Awards in June. Dave Williams of One Manchester says: “The transformation of homes at Erneley Close has made a huge difference to the lives of residents. These are difficult financial times for many people and making homes more energy-efficient is one way that we can help people reduce their spending on fuel bills. It’s great to get national recognition for this project which has made such a difference and which also provided a great deal of learning for One Manchester as we build more homes for Manchester.” A warm welcome to our new apprentices At One Manchester we are committed to providing opportunities for people in our communities and are happy to say that we have recently taken on a number of new apprentices to work with us. The chosen six went through a rigorous assessment day and fought off competition from over 429 applicants. Keep an eye out on our website and social media channels for the latest on work and training opportunities. Photo above from left to right Darnell Brown Apprentice Electrician Kai Nuttall Apprentice Plasterer Keith Benson Apprentice Heating Engineer Richard Hooper Apprentice Building Surveyor Jack Davies Apprentice IT Assistant Scott Huxtable Apprentice Plumber Painting Hulme’s history A Hulme estate has turned outdoor art gallery as garages and planters on Shawgreen Close have been transformed with street art as part of a summer project run by One Manchester, Manchester Young Lives and Keepmoat, and supported by Manchester City Council’s Neighbourhood Investment Fund. A group of 20 young people spent four days over the summer holidays working with artists from the Street Style Surgery social enterprise to re-vamp seven garages and five planters in the area using ideas put forward by local residents. It was suggested the artwork should reflect the history of Hulme and give positive messages about the area’s diverse community and what people can achieve. Shawgreen resident, Jacqueline Hughes, 42, said: “They look so good and bright. I really like the true colours one because what I like about living here is that it’s multi-cultural and we all get along. And the one with The Russell on brings back good memories for me because I used to go there. It’s given the kids something to do and kept the neighbours happy.” Zoe Buckley, 14, from Hulme was one of the young people involved and said: “I’ve not done anything like this before but I thought I’ve nothing else to do, and I’ve only just moved here so I’ve met loads of new people. It looks so much better than before and I definitely think we should do the other garages now.” Michelle Wright, youth opportunities coordinator at One Manchester said: “Watching the young people go from learning about the history of Hulme to Join the fun developing their ideas and then getting them from paper to reality has been inspiring. It’s also been a chance for the young people to think about how graffiti can make a place look amazing but only if it’s done in the right way.” “It’s given the kids something to do and kept the neighbours happy.” If finding new hobbies and making friends at the same time sounds like fun, then check out these regular activities from our youth network. If you know of any youngsters keen to get involved contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Activity Ages Day Time Location Arts & crafts 5-11 Monday 4.30-5.30pm The Place at Platt Lane Cooking & sports 12-25 Tuesday 4.30-6.30pm The Powerhouse Girls’ photography 12-18 Thursday 4.30-6.30pm The Place at Platt Lane group 6 @onemcr 0330 355 1002 7