Property roundup: First Choice Homes Oldham; Lancashire Business Park; KershKicks; DLA Architecture

Oldham-based social housing provider First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) has signed deals worth £8.6million with two North West homebuilders to bring 48 new affordable green homes to Failsworth and Royton.

The developments are part of FCHO’s strategy to deliver 700 new high quality energy efficient properties in Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside, Kirklees and Calderdale by 2026 to help meet housing needs and improve the lives of local people.

In Failsworth, FCHO is working with Holcombe Homes to present a £4.9 million project of 14 four-bedroom and four three-bedroom properties on brownfield land next to Hale Lane and Hughes Close.

Fifteen condominium units are planned, allowing local people to get a foot on the housing ladder at an affordable price. Three houses will be affordable rent – set at no more than 80% of the average local market rent.

The £3.7million development on a brownfield site on Shaw Street, Royton will be built by Robwood Construction. The contractor is delivering 15 one-bedroom apartments and 15 two-bedroom apartments, all at affordable rents.

Helping to minimize their carbon footprint, the apartments near the center of Royton are set to achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) B and will be fitted with modern electric heating to help reduce carbon emissions.

Work on the Failsworth and Royton sites is due to start this summer and the projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

Joel Owen, FCHO’s Director of Development, said: “These exciting schemes are part of our continued and significant investment in creating new affordable homes in Oldham and the surrounding area.”


A new building under construction at Lancashire Business Park near Leyland will provide a current tenant with more space to expand their business.

Construction is underway at the Farington Industrial Park and is expected to be completed in the coming months.

The 68,000 square foot building will be equipped for the changing face of business and the emerging green agenda with solar panels and electric car charging points. The unit has been pre-let to neighboring tenants Accrol Group, the independent fabric manufacturers.

Mark Dewhurst, Chief Operating Officer of Accrol, said: “We employ a strong team of around 100 colleagues at Leyland and are delighted to invest further to expand our operations and support the continued growth of our business.

The business park is owned by Lancashire County Council’s economic development company, Lancashire County Developments Limited (LCDL).

County Councilor Tim Ashton, Chairman of LCDL, said, “It is already a popular business park and we are really pleased that this new unit will help us provide more space for Accrol. We have seen their business grow since they were based here and we are proud to support their plans for even greater growth.

Construction is being carried out by Eric Wright Group, based in Bamber Bridge, under the County Council’s Strategic Partnership Agreement.


Sam, left, and Ben Kersh, in the Liverpool store

Liverpool-born siblings, the Kersh brothers, continue their UK expansion of their original e-commerce business; KershKicks with its new store in Liverpool. This is a first for the city, with KershKicks being the only store to buy, sell and trade trainers.

The brand launched by brothers Ben and Sam Kersh in 2019, is opening its third store in a few weeks. It will be the first sneaker specialty store selling rare and exclusive limited editions, streetwear and deadstock collections.

The new Liverpool store on Slater Street will span 1,000 square feet, the brand’s largest to date, and create 10 jobs.

Sam, 27, said: “It’s been an incredible journey so far and we couldn’t be more excited to take the next step in our hometown. Scousers are some of our most loyal Instagram customers and followers and have supported us from the very beginning. So we look forward to welcoming everyone to our doors.

KershKicks is known for being home to the UK’s most exclusive and trendiest streetwear, including Supreme, Palace and Anti Social Social Club, as well as its ever-growing range of trainers featuring the world’s most sought-after models such as Air Max , Dunks. , Jordans, Yeezy’s, New Balance and more.

Sam added, “What sets us apart is our buy, sell and trade model, which makes us a hub for sneaker lovers and casual sneaker fans. We offer people the opportunity to earn money from their own collections and exchange them for their most desired grails.

The brothers already have stores in Manchester and Glasgow which opened in 2019 and 2021 respectively.


The canal side project

DLA Architecture has completed redesign work on the historic Shot Tower in Chester and handed over the completed project.

The site of the iconic building has been transformed into a 72-unit residential development by Manchester-based developer Whitecroft Group. The significant redevelopment incorporates the restoration of Grade II listed industrial heritage buildings as well as elements of new construction.

The 168ft tall Shot Tower is located along the Shropshire Union Canal and in the heart of Chester city centre. It is the only surviving plumbing of its type, dating from the 18th century and was one of the first pellet manufacturing sites to use the method developed in the 1780s by inventor William Watts for British muskets during the Napoleonic Wars.

Main works officially closed in 2001 when Calder Principal Engineering Specialists moved to Chester West Employment Park.

Jonathan Knowles, Director of DLA Architecture’s Manchester office, said: “Our aim was to provide a high quality design that was commercially viable and suitable for the market whilst recognizing and making full use of the existing Shot Tower. The site was abandoned for some time and the tower contributed to heavy contamination. As such, there were several technical issues to overcome in addition to archaeological sensitivities.

“We have worked closely with the team at Whitecroft Group and have had positive consultations with local interest groups, the local authorities planning department and Heritage England to arrive at a project which reflects the industrial heritage of the former lead mills using a copper pallet and gray standing seam metal cladding and Cheshire red brick.

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