Work at fire-hit flats ‘ahead of schedule’

The Wharfside apartment block
The Wharfside apartment block

RESIDENTS at the fire-hit Wharfside apartments could be allowed to return to their homes sooner than expected.

Work to restore one particular section of the building, which was badly damaged by a huge blaze in June, is ahead of schedule and could be completed within weeks.

Work is ongoing at the Wharfside apartment block

Work is ongoing at the Wharfside apartment block

Some residents based in parts of the five-storey complex which suffered the least damage have already been allowed back in to their properties while work continues on two other more severely damaged areas.

Since the blaze, contractors for Wharfside’s management firm Contour Property Services (CPS) have been working seven days a week on the restoration project.

Now it is hope tenants based in the part of the building which suffered the second worst damage could move back in early next month, several weeks before the suggested date of mid-September.

Those in the worst-hit areas hope to back home by the end of the year.

Workmen asses the flats

Workmen asses the flats

Stephen Gallaghan, commercial development manager for CPS, said: “Wharfside residents in block A moved back into their flats almost three weeks ago and have settled in well.

“Work in block B is going well and our contractors have been working seven days a week to repair the building.

“As a result, we’re hopeful that the date for residents to move back in will be brought forward from mid-September to early August.

“We’d like to thank all the residents for their patience and to BuildzoneUK for working flat out to try and complete the work ahead of schedule.”

The blaze started at Wharfside, which is just off Heritage Way in Wigan town centre, in the early hours of June 14.

Around 200 residents were left homeless by the blaze.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is still investigating the cause of the fire.