Tamworth TowersManchester

Trafford Housing Trust
Winner - Housing Category - AJ Retrofit Awards 2013
No of units
Tenure Mix
100% affordable
PRP Studio


  • Architecture
  • Development Consultancy
  • PRP was commissioned to give five 1960s tower blocks on the Tamworth Estate a new lease of life and a sustainable future. The whole estate sits within the Old Trafford Regeneration Masterplan area, the redevelopment of the Towers was the first major piece of work to be
    undertaken as part of this plan.

    The ambition was that the project would also make an impact on the wider area, helping to create a neighbourhood where residents are proud to live and want to stay, and with the help of extensive community engagement this has been achieved.

    The completed project went on to win the Housing category in the 2013 AJ Retrofit awards. The judges praised the towers’ recladding as a ‘replicable and thorough approach, which transformed the image of the estate by going beyond compliance - a sensible model for what should be done to this type of estate.’

    In addition the judges said that the project stood out for ‘tackling behavioural change with extensive tenant engagement.’

  • The Tamworth Estate sits within the Old Trafford Regeneration Masterplan and its redevelopment is one of the first major pieces of work planned to rejuvenate the area. PRP was commissioned to give five of the blocks on the estate a new lease of life and a sustainable and long term future.

    Key Challenges:

    • Transitory population due to unpopularity - one block turnover per year
    • A lack of security in and around the blocks
    • No private outdoor amenity for the residents
    • Poor heating and ventilation systems
    • Poor thermal performance of structure
    • Residents to remain in the properties throughout the works

    PRP identified additional funding sources and obtained a CESP (Community Energy Saving Programme) contribution towards the insulated over cladding, this made it possible to deliver the total works originally envisioned.