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Queues for 'upside down' houses
The exterior of the terraces will be kept intact

Dozens of people have spent the night queuing up to buy revamped Victorian terraced houses in run-down Salford, two days before they go on sale.

Developers Urban Splash plan to keep the exterior of the derelict homes in Langworthy intact, while giving the interiors an ultra-modern renovation.

They are being dubbed "upside down houses" as the bedrooms will be on the ground floor and living areas upstairs.

Local people are being given the first chance to buy one of the 108 homes.

The terraces being developed as part of the Chimney Pot park development are on Laburnum Street, Ash Street, Reservoir Street, Field Street, Wall Street and parts of Fir Street, Alder Street and Jubilee Street.

Chimney Pot Park - an artist's impression of the Urban Splash development
Each house has two bedrooms and an upstairs living space
There are 108 homes for sale and about the same number of people have been queuing to buy one of the properties.

Prices start from 99,500.

Each two-bedroomed house retains the original frontage but the backs and alleyways will go, being replaced by balconies leading onto a terrace at first-floor level.

Urban Splash has been working in partnership with Salford City Council and national regeneration agency English Partnerships on the scheme, designed by architects shedkm.

The first houses are expected to be ready in spring 2007.

'Captured imagination'

Urban Splash chairman, Tom Bloxham, said what is being achieved at Chimney Pot Park is a great example of what can happen when top class architects are backed by government funding.

Nathan Cornish, associate director of Urban Splash, said: "This is the first Urban Splash venture in terraced housing and I can't remember working on a scheme that has captured people's imagination and generated so much excitement.

"The streets are so familiar and as much a part of our heritage as the big mills and warehouses we have converted in Manchester, Liverpool and Bradford.

"We think our scheme brings the terraced house up to date providing very modern living space and will hopefully be a positive addition to the ongoing the regeneration of Seedley and Langworthy."

The houses go on sale at 1000 BST on Saturday.


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