Category Archives: East Manchester regeneration

DIY SOS Homes for veterans project

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The BBC’s DIY SOS Big Build team working in collaboration with Manchester City Council, Walking With The Wounded and Haig Housing  – set out a project to refurbish 25 empty homes on Canada Street and New Street, East Manchester, into a community village for war veterans, incorporating three specially adapted homes for veterans and a walk in support centre.

An appeal was sent out for construction firms to contribute to the project; Kier Group, ISG, Wates Living Space and Rowlinsons are among the many that supported the DIY SOS BIG build Manchester project. Also, a media call was sent out through TV, Radio, and Newspapers for Bricklayers, Plumbers, Electricians, and Roofers to volunteer their services for free. On average 150-200 construction workers and ex-servicemen a day signed in to help support the DIY SOS big build project, with many traveling from all parts of the UK.

I have been documenting the regeneration of east Manchester since 2007, and as I live only 3 miles away from Canada St, I felt that I should be documenting this massive project along with the hard work, dedication and community spirit that always prevailed to support this really good cause to help the war veterans who have put their lives on the line for our country.

Update: DIY SOS Big Build return to Manchester
In November 2016 the DIY SOS Big build team returned to Newton Heath, Manchester to finish off the refurbishment of the final house of the Homes for Veterans project in Canada Street.
I was lucky enough to capture this important part of the project and have selected a number of my images in this gallery here. 


As it should be the BBC’s DIY SOS homes for veterans programme was focused on the veterans and their stories; But I feel that the men and women who turned up each day to work on this project unpaid deserve some recognition and also the companies and suppliers who helped keep this project alive. After the programme had finished, a number of ex servicemen and construction workers who worked on the Homes for Veterans project, were inspired to setup charities and support groups, such as Hull 4 Heroes and the Band of Builders.

 

 

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East Manchester Project

East Manchester was once part of the industrial heartland of the UK, but sadly the area fell into decline from the late 1970s onward, which lead to factory closures from and people moving away from the area.

The catalyst that brought on the rebirth of a post industrial landscape in an area that once thrived on cotton, coal, steel and engineering, was the legacy from the 202 Commonwealth Games which was hosted at the City of Manchester Stadium that was built on a site that once occupied the Bradford Colliery.

This a selection of images from my project that I started in 2007

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The Dispensaries a talk by author Dr Michael Whitfield in Manchester

Dr Michael Whitfield author of The Dispensaries gave a talk at the Friends Meeting House in Manchester on 18th April 2017; Dr Michael talked about his book and the role of the dispensaries played in the provision of healthcare for the poor in the nineteenth century.
The event was organised by the Victorian Society and the Ancoats Dispensary Trust.

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