A new apartment block named in honor of one of Salford’s most famous sons is now open – bringing more than 100 affordable homes to the city.
The first residents are now moving into Artifex in Trinity – the flagship development from housing association Salix Homes named in tribute to the late Canon Peter Green – a local principal, published author and pacifist who is passionate about fighting social injustice.
During World War I and until the 1950s, Canon Peter Green wrote a weekly column in The Manchester Guardian – which would later become The Guardian – under the pseudonym ‘Artifex’.
He wrote about pacifism and compassion as well as articles on social injustice and women’s suffrage and is fondly remembered as a ‘real man among the people who loved the Salford people’.
The 11-story residential property is part of the Canon Green Campus development of 22.5 million. £ in Trinity, which has also seen the nearby 1960s block of flats Canon Green Court completely transformed and modernized for its existing occupants along with the adjoining block of flats Westminster House.
Artifex consists of 108, one and two-bedroom apartments, all of which are available under rent for purchase scheme.
Rent for purchase is a government scheme designed to facilitate the transition from rent to purchase of a home by providing a subsidized rent at about 20% below the market price. People are able to rent the properties for five years at a reduced price so they can save up for a deposit and then have the option to buy their home after the five year period.
The first residents to move in were Mike Nyoni, along with his partner Megan and their two young children. Mike is the restaurant manager, while Megan is the support staff.
The family had previously been in privately rented housing but had to relocate when the landlord decided to sell the property.
Mike explained: “We just feel so lucky to have found Artifex – it’s a great place, it’s so convenient and it’s absolutely beautiful – we’re really happy here and it already feels like home.
“The clean buy scheme is perfect for people like us. We have been renting for years, but you just want to pay for someone else’s house, but now we’re working on buying the place we live in.
“We never thought we would be able to buy a property because it’s so hard to get a mortgage these days, but now we’re looking forward to becoming homeowners – we feel like we’re won the lottery.”
Artifex is among the first new developments for Salix Homes, which has a number of other low-cost housing developments underway in Salford and Greater Manchester.
Sue Sutton, CEO of Salix Homes, said: “The lack of affordable housing across the UK is a very real and prominent issue, so we are very proud to officially open this fantastic new development – which brings our vision of delivering more high quality, affordable housing for life.
“Artifex is bringing 108 desperately needed affordable housing to an area of Salford that has seen little to no new affordable housing for decades, so it’s great to see the first residents move in as they take the next steps towards home ownership.
“Our ambitious development is a fitting tribute to the memory of Canon Peter Green, already recognized in Salford with the neighboring Canon Green Court named in his honor when it was built in the 1960s. He was passionate in his calls to prioritize housing for all, an ethos we share at Salix Homes, so we are incredibly proud that his legacy will continue to live on at Artifex. ”
Canon Green’s legacy has been immortalized on Artifex with a tribute to him in the lobby area, which includes an excerpt from one of his columns in the 1947 Manchester Guardian, in which he wrote: “When the time comes for action, let state civic centers and repair of cathedrals and churches and large hotels and super cinemas and everything else provides space in the competition for money, manpower and materials for housing for the people. ”
Canon Peter Green was born in 1871 and served as rector of St Philips Church from 1911 – 1951, serving through two world wars in what was then a deprived port community. He died in 1961.
He dedicated his life to supporting impoverished communities and used his platform as a religious commentator in The Manchester Guardian to speak out against war, hatred, injustice and racism. He also wrote 38 books and served as chaplain to the king.
This year marks The Guardian’s 200th anniversary, and the John Rylands Library, which houses the Manchester Guardian archives containing Artifex’s columns, is running an exhibition on the newspaper’s history, which can currently be viewed online, and runs as a physical exhibition until 1 p.m. October 10th.
Salix Homes has worked with partner contractor Willmott Dixon on the development of the Canon Green Campus, which consists of Artifex, Canon Green Court and Westminster House within a location adjacent to Blackfriars Road.
Anthony Dillon, CEO of Willmott Dixon North, said: “With our track record of creating new homes in Greater Manchester, we are proud to have played our part in providing much-needed and affordable housing to the people of Salford and an exciting and transformative investment for this growing and vibrant society.
“Existing and future residents have played a key role in shaping these plans and it is truly a project built for the locals by the locals as we invested more than £ 16.5 million of our project expenses with businesses in the area. . “
As part of the scheme, major improvement work has also been carried out on Canon Green Court for its existing occupants, including new kitchens, bathrooms, heating systems, sprinkler systems and exterior conversions and insulation as well as an external facelift to Westminster House, and construction of the common grounds.