Children from two Stockport primary schools have taken part in an art competition to mark the opening of the new showhome at the Covent Garden housing development close to Stockport town centre.
Organised by North-West based affordable housing provider, Your Housing Group, 90 students aged 9 to 11 from St Thomas’ CE Primary School and St Joseph’s Stockport Catholic Primary School took part in an art competition to draw or paint the famous ‘Lowry Steps’ on Crowther Street, close to the development, which are depicted in one of the Salford artist’s priceless paintings. Lowry worked as a rent collector in Stockport, so knew the town well, and one of the streets he visited regularly on his rounds was Crowther Street.
The two winners, Olivia Smith aged 11 from St Thomas’ and Kym Tandaan aged 10 from St Joseph’s both won art materials and their framed pictures were hung in the new show apartment that opened on Monday 17 June 2019.
The £9.4m development, which is due to be completed this summer, consists of 74 properties which include two and three bedroom houses and one and two bedroom apartments with a mix of tenures including five for shared ownership, 18 for outright sale and 51 homes for private rent.
Lorraine Donnelly, Director of Development for Your Housing Group said: “It’s fantastic to see this development nearing completion and be able to open the doors to our showhome for the first time. Potential residents will be able to see first-hand the light, bright rooms, spacious layout and high quality fixtures and fittings we offer in all our properties. This scheme is a stone’s throw from Stockport town centre and close to the mainline train station and motorway network making access to Manchester, London and other towns and cities quick and easy.
“We were really impressed with the quality of the entries for our schools art competition and it was extremely hard to pick the just two winners. Olivia and Kim’s pictures stood out for the attention to detail, and both show real talent. We are proud to be able to hang their work in our new show apartment. They add the finishing touch to beautifully designed interior.”
Constructed around London Square close to Stockport town centre, the development is strategically located at the heart of a £1bn masterplan to regenerate Stockport town centre. The development has been supported by a Government grant.
Your Housing Group is a member of the Stockport Housing Partnership. The housing provider was selected by Stockport Council to deliver this significant town centre regeneration scheme, after the local authority, who had initiated the project, assembled the site which had multiple land owners.
Cllr Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport said: “This new scheme is a fantastic addition to the town centre and will deliver much-needed housing on the site of former council flats.
“Part of our ambitious regeneration plans are to attract families to live in the town centre, which in turn will support businesses and boost the local economy.
“These are high-quality homes that will impact positively on the surrounding area and meet the varied needs of our residents.”
The scheme was designed by architect IBI Group and built by contactor Bardsley Construction.
Anyone interested in viewing the two-bedroom show apartment at The School House should call 01925 393637 to book an appointment or click here.