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Sir Robert McAlpine replaces Carillion on Manchester scheme

Sir Robert McAlpine will complete a Carillion residential project in Manchester, its developer has confirmed.

Select Property Group announced it had signed a contract to hand over its New Bailey Street project to Sir Robert McAlpine, which already has teams on site.

It added that its immediate priority was to formalise programme timings for the scheme.

The New Bailey Street development comprises two towers: the 35-storey Riverview building featuring 320 apartments, and the 17-storey Riverside tower containing 185 apartments.

The developer said it had been working behind the scenes since Carillion collapsed to mitigate the effects on the project.

Select Property Group chief commercial officer Mark Oakes said this approach accelerated the process of appointing a replacement contractor.

“Thanks to the proactive approach of our team we have been able to expedite what can ordinarily be a lengthy process,” he said.

“We are delighted to have the Sir Robert McAlpine team on board to complete the scheme and we look forward to updating the industry in the coming months.”

Last week CN revealed Laing O’Rourke was poised to take over from Carillion as the main contractor on the Royal Liverpool Hospital job.

At the start of this month Tarmac announced it had taken on 45 Carillion staff from its highways JV with the liquidated contractor.

Amey has also snapped up a number of key rail contracts from Carillion following the liquidation.

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