Developer to revive former homeless hostel

A disused Salford hostel will be transformed into a youth centre following a planning approval from Salford Council.

Petrie Court, on Cromwell Road will be turned into a £2m training centre dubbed the Salford Working Out Project.

It will be refurbished to offer a gym, computer pool room and accommodation for 16 to 25-year-olds while they work, study or undertake training.

According to the plans of developer Salix Homes, residents will be able to stay at the facility for up to 12 months after which the housebuilder will assist them into permanent accommodation.

Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, said:

“There are currently more than 2,200 people aged 16-25 on the housing waiting list in Salford and more than 6,000 young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEETS).

“There are many struggling to hold down a job or go to college because of their unsuitable or unstable living arrangements – or it could be that they are at risk of homelessness or have no permanent place to live due to their family situations. So we want this project to help break down those barriers that are preventing them from accessing employment or training.”

The housing provider will work alongside local skills and education providers to deliver training programmes, employment opportunities and individual support and coaching for residents.

Earlier this year the project received £1m funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) which will be match funded by Salix Homes.

Work will start on the facility later this year with the centre set to open next spring.