Project Updates

Hardybutts - Scholes, Wigan

December 2016

22nd December 2016

December 2016

Well here we are all done and dusted! The scheme is finished and we are all off for a well deserved Christmas break. All of the wagons, builders, muck and banging are all at an end and we would like to pass on our heartfelt thanks to the local residents of Hardybutts who have been so supportive, and patient!  We wish you all a very merry festive season and a happy, healthy (and quieter) New Year.

We would like to pass on our special thanks to Barbara and her wonderful volunteers at Sunshine House, who have not only supported the scheme, fed our builders, and helped us interract with the locals, but also for her time and advice during its construction (Note to Barbara: took a picture of the disabled toilet just for you- see below!).  We would like to wish her and her team every success for the future with Sunshine House and its new Annexe and we are sure it will bring lots of pleasure to all its users.

And so on to our final photos.............

The Staff Office and entrance Area

The Reception Area with its post boxes, disabled toilet and entrance on the right to the lovely Lounge

The Lounge, which is  so light and airy and in the sunshine is such a great space - still my favourite area!

The opposite end of the Lounge - now minus all the builders tea mugs! 

The (huge) Disabled toilet - Just for Barbara!

The carpeted corridors

The now complete rear stairway and bin store access


November 2016

22nd November 2016

November 2016

Coming to the end of the project and things are all being completed - we think it deserved a double bill of updates for November!

This is the fantastic cycle store! You may think this a little odd having space for a fairly decent Olympic Team of cyclists but we like to cater for everything!

It would also be a great general store for buggies or equipment should there be a need

The boys are tidying the patio area and fitting the security side gates

Hmmm - Looks like one of the team is checking out the weather hoping the turf doesn't go curly!

We've even included a shed! (For those residents who are worried about the pot plants we have CCTV throughout the scheme so your buds should be safe)!

The rear garden is definately looking better!

Lanscaping ongoing - it will look lovely when its all in bloom

Ok - I did say 'almost'! The new stairway and bin store access still needs a little attention!

The Driveway and Carpark are almost ready for their finishes - railings delivered and about to be fitted

View of the lift area - as you can see it's a very spacious area - the carpet has been laid and is covered with protective sheeting

There are three design of apartments within the scheme - view of one of the living rooms to kitchen 

View to the living room window

The Bedroom

The lovely lounge

The brew station and preparation area within the Lounge

The new pathway being formed around the site

November 2016

3rd November 2016

November 2016

The boys clearing up for the setting of the railings above the wall

The groundworkers finishing the digging in the carpark and the brickies forming the external staircase to the bin stores

The gardeners are busy laying topsoil and setting the decorative wooden posts - very exciting seeing it all come together

This is my favourite space - the Lounge.  

We have incorporated a brew station at one end so residents don't have to return to their apartments for refreshments for either themselves or their guests

The front area is having its makeover and starting to look very handsome indeed!


View through the driveway into the carpark - the canopied area to the right is the cycle store with the bin store to the rear

We have a lovely new wall - the brickies have done a fine job of it too!

October 2016

3rd October 2016

INTERIORS - The decoration looks very neat ready for the door fitting

All the new doors lined up and ready for the Joiners

The wetrooms are progressing nicely

The Kitchens are having their flooring fitted

OUTSIDE - the pavers are beginning the transformation!

These skylights will, on completion, be glazed giving a bright open feeling to the communal tea area


September 2016

6th September 2016

The external works are beginning, not long now for the neighbours to be left in peace!

Many of the kitchens are now installed and fittings connected

Wetrooms are looking really nice and the fixtures are going in

The scaffolding is gone! Brickwork looks great - although the sky is thunderous.  This is possibly the first day it has been raining in Wigan for ages for our photo's.

The window protection will stay on until the final clean, hence they look a bit ragged.

The bricks will have a scrub too to show off their lovely facade

August 2016

8th August 2016

Preparing the upper floors for its 'dressing' - as soon as this is complete all the scaffolding will be removed so we can see its fantastic brickwork without obstruction! Am sure the lovely neighbours will be delighted to see it gone - The end is in sight and we can only express our sincerest thanks for their patience throughout the transformation


Each of the apartments have very spacious wetrooms - these stylish tiles will make them look beautiful

These lovely wood finish units are set off nicely by the newly completed tiling - kitchen fitters and tilers working very well to create this modern look

July 2016

4th July 2016

Painting one of the living rooms - such a lovely sunny room

The kitchen being made ready for its fit out

Going really well now - mist coating the bedroom

The only day in Wigan I have experienced rain and it had to be when the roof finishes were being done! Looking very smart even wet!

Back to being the sunny Wigan we know!  The roof finishes from the ground looking just as smart - The upper floors are able to be completed now


June 2016

16th June 2016

Our fantastic Site Manager standing in what will be a respite area alongside the lift

The lovely sunny communal room

View over what will be the Car Park

May 2016

30th May 2016

View from the road

Woohoo the Roof is on! View from what will be car park entrance

Working out the Reception space

April 2016

28th April 2016

Brickwork looking fantastic!  Weather in Wigan still lovely and sunny

Living and Bedroom

First Floor construction

March 2016

18th March 2016

The Team are really progressing now - We would like to wish Fawleys Construction and all the neighbours around the Site a lovely Easter Holiday

On the outside the Brickies are working to catch up before the roof goes on

Meanwhile down on the ground floor - rooms taking shape - to the left is a living room to the right is a bedroom

First floor Skeleton - weather being very kind !

February 2016

28th January 2016

Inch perfect! 

The Team doing a sterling job 

Installing flooring for 1st Floor

A Birdseye view of Ground floor skeleton

First Floor Interior

21st January 2016

Back to business! The brickies work their magic and the first floor rooms start to take shape

A birdseye view of the ground floor structure - these areas will shortly be part of someones home - it all seems very real now

It's Christmas!

20th December 2015

The boys are done for the Christmas break - and well deserved! In 4 months they have dug, secured an unexpected mine shaft, piled, framed and fitted the foundations and have begun constructing the walls! Well done to Fawleys and their team for the fantastic effort - we wish all the contractors and surrounding residents a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from all at VVHC

We are at Ground Zero!

3rd December 2015


The site is moving along swiftly now and the ground floor flooring is delivered and secured

Concrete Foundation Delivery

12th November 2015

Another lovely day in Wigan!  Cranes lifting the concrete foundation ready for the ground floor flooring to be added - again our many thanks go to the residents surrounding the site

Foundation Time!

15th October 2015

On this fantastic sunny Wigan day, with the piling done we start to lay the steel structures that the concrete foundations will sit.


29th September 2015

Wigan has a great heritage in mining and many areas around the Borough have mine shafts.  In order for us to make sure the building is very secure and stable we use piles driven into the ground on which we place our foundations.  This picture shows the piling rig driving the piles into the ground - VVHC would like to thank all those residents based around the site for their patience and support during this time.

Ground breaking gets under way

25th August 2015

Following extensive ground investigations and many consultations on design, with great excitement VVHC's contractor 'Fawley Construction Ltd' mobilise their teams and break ground on the new site!

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