Cooper House,
Manchester

Cooper House in Manchester was originally built in the 1970s and has recently undergone major improvement works.

Cooper House in Manchester

About these homes

Location

Manchester

Architect

Bowker Sadler

Number of homes

90

Tenure of homes

Affordable rent
Shared ownership

Completed

2015

The vision for Cooper House was to improve the quality of homes and the local environment while creating opportunities for training and employment.

In 2013–14 the refurbishment works on the 90 flats at Cooper House have included:

  • all flats fully re-modelled
  • replacement of windows and entrance doors
  • private balcony space increased
  • installation of internal wall insulation and humidistat-controlled air extraction in kitchens and bathrooms
  • new roof coverings and insulation
  • improved drainage
  • a new main entrance lobby with platform lift

“I used to be ashamed of the building, just from the outside it looked a bit run down. Now I feel proud of welcoming people to come and visit my flat and the building.”
– Gemma, Cooper House resident.

We wanted to make sure customers were disturbed as little as possible during the renovation and that they had the chance to share their ideas and concerns throughout the project. We asked residents about their preferred designs for their new kitchens and bathrooms, right down to the kitchen sink.

The development has also given two apprentice plumbers, Josh and Tom, the opportunity to work on a large site and gain a huge amount of experience, which has been a big part of their apprenticeship with Guinness, which we’re hugely proud of.

The Cooper House redevelopment was shortlisted for a number of housing and building awards.