Community artwork celebrates
completion of £7 million project

11 June 2015

Residents, staff, artists and councillors came together at Cooper House in Hulme last week to officially celebrate the end of a £7 million pound refurbishment project.

Community art project at Cooper HouseIt’s seen the block of ninety 1970’s flats transformed into bright, warm, energy-efficient properties for modern living.

To mark the occasion, Lady Amanda Ellingworth, our Chair, unveiled a unique piece of community artwork that will hang in the building’s brand new foyer. The canvas was created by residents and local children – in collaboration with community organisation Z-Arts and artist Ivan Liotchev – and represents their relationship with the local neighbourhood.

Lady Ellingworth said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to visit Cooper House and meet some of people who live here. I’m delighted the project’s been such a success – they’ve played a key role in the redevelopment, so it’s really appropriate that the artwork they’ve created with local children will hang in the entrance for years to come.”

The new flats

Paul Roberts, The Guinness Partnership’s Executive Director of Guinness Property who lead the project, said “This has been a flagship venture for us. We’ve transformed the outward appearance of the block and overhauled all 90 flats, including fitting new kitchens and bathrooms, new insulation and windows, and installing a brand new communal central heating and hot water system designed to reduce residents’ heating costs.”

The work was carried out by our in-house contractor, City Response Ltd, and over half the staff working on the project lived locally in Manchester.

Nominated for awards

Cooper House was shortlisted for a range of awards earlier this year, including the Housing Innovation Awards, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards and the UK Housing Awards. City Response Ltd were also shortlisted for a Housing Innovation Award.

During the event, visitors could also view a unique online exhibition marking our 125th anniversary. Find out more about the history of the organisation