Carillion has confirmed it will build a major £300m mixed-use scheme in Manchester being brought forward by its development arm Ask.
Construction News understands that Carillion will serve as main contractor for the two buildings, which will be built on the site of the former Bauer Millett Alfa Romeo garage, next to the Beetham Tower and the Manchester Central convention centre.
The city centre project, designed by architects SimpsonHaugh & Partners, is worth around £300m.
Dubbed Found Space, the scheme includes one 40-storey tower that will house 375 residential apartments, plus a neighbouring 14-storey office tower.
Overall, the development will provide 343,000 sq ft of space, including 10,000 sq ft of ground-floor commercial space.
The proposals were approved in July this year, after Ask purchased the site in April 2016.
As part of the proposals, Ask will use the existing railway arches on the site as an events space for a period of 18 months.
The developer is aiming to create an ‘arts hub’ with a programme of events involving theatre, arts, music and food at the site.
The overall project will be delivered in a partnership between Ask, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and Manchester Central, while Deloitte is acting as planner.
The project marks the latest major scheme in Manchester city centre involving Carillion.
The firm is already on site at Moda Living’s £153m Angel Gardens PRS development, while the contractor completed the 47-storey Beetham Tower – Manchester’s tallest – in 2006.
A spokesperson for Carillion confirmed that the firm would be acting as main contractor on the scheme.