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Booming Manchester: 5 projects to watch

Manchester is providing a wealth of work for contractors to target – but who is already working on the city’s biggest schemes and which jobs should companies keep an eye on? 

Allied London St Johns development

Allied London St Johns development

St John’s (under construction)

St John’s is developer Allied London’s biggest scheme in Manchester.

The £1.35bn redevelopment spans the site of the former Granada TV Studios in centre of the city. Around 1m sq ft of mixed-use space will be developed across the 10 ha scheme, including 560,000 sq ft of offices and 240,000 sq ft of retail space.

There are 10 sections to the St John’s masterplan:

  • Albert Lofts: two residential buildings including food and drink space
  • The Tower: a 52-storey tower, with a hotel space between floors four and 15
  • Globe & Simpson: an office building providing 65,000 sq ft of workspace
  • Nickel & Dime East Tower and West Tower: two residential buildings each comprising 300 homes
  • Manchester Goods Yard: four buildings that will deliver 20,000 sq ft of workspace
  • Old Granada Studios: refurbishment of the former television studios into a 200-bed hotel
  • Factory: an arts and culture venue that will hold up to 7,000 people
  • Bonded Warehouse: a multi-use building providing office, retail and event space
  • South Village: eight buildings ranging from six to eight storeys built on the former Coronation Street set that will deliver residential, office, retail, food and drink space

Lendlease is the preferred contractor for the Tower, the Globe & Simpson office, both the Nick & Dime towers and Manchester Goods Yard. A basement sits underneath the whole masterplan area, which Lendlease has been appointed to deliver. Piling will start at the end of this month.

McLaren has been appointed to refurbish the Old Granada Studios building into a hotel, with work expected to start imminently.

Manchester Circle Square_ Bruntwood

Manchester Circle Square_ Bruntwood

Circle Square (under construction)

The £750m Circle Square project is situated on the former site of the BBC’s Broadcasting House on Oxford Road.

Backed by developers Bruntwood and Select Property, the 2.3m sq ft masterplan is split into five phases and will take eight years to complete.

CN revealed Wates had been appointed to deliver phase 1A of the project in March 2016. This includes two student accommodation blocks providing 216,000 sq ft of student housing plus a gym, lounges, social areas and private study rooms.

John Sisk & Son is delivering phase 1B: a £247m private rented sector scheme and 306,000 sq ft of commercial floorspace.

Phase 1C comprises around 115,000 sq ft of commercial floor space and a new hotel, which is earmarked for a late 2019 completion date.

Plans for the second phase include approximately 305,000 sq ft of commercial space, while phase three features some 521,000 sq ft of commercial floorspace to be completed in late 2023.

Urban Civic manchester new square 1

Urban Civic manchester new square 1

Manchester New Square (under construction)

Lendlease scooped a deal in April last year to deliver Urban & Civic’s 0.4 ha Manchester New Square residential development.

Three buildings, ranging between 12 and 15 storeys in height, will replace the former Palazzo Warehouse buildings, which had been left vacant since 2008. Planning permission for an office had been granted in 2007, but the proposals were put on ice the following year following the financial crisis.

Some 351 homes are now being built on the site, which is situated on the corner of Princess Street and Whitworth Street in the city centre.

Enabling works started on site last year in May 2017, with the final phase of works getting under way in February this year.

St Michaels Gary Neville Manchester

St Michaels Gary Neville Manchester

St Michael’s (planning permission granted)

Former footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are part of a consortium of investors set to build a £200m skyscraper next to Manchester Town Hall.

The development is backed by Beijing Construction Engineering Group, who owns a 21 per cent stake in the scheme and is set to be the main contractor.

It’s been a rocky road for the scheme so far. The St Michael’s Partnership consortium’s original plans for two 31 and 21-storey towers were rejected after fierce criticism.

The government’s heritage watchdog, Historic England, said it was “deeply concerned” by the original plans in February 2017, stating the towers would dominate the Deansgate / Peter Street conservation area and dwarf the Grade-I listed Town Hall.

A major redesign followed and the consortium submitted a second application for a single 134.5 m-high tower and a nine-storey office building.

Manchester City Council approved the scheme in March this year. The development overcame its final hurdle in June after housing secretary James Brokenshire said he would not call in the council’s decision to approve the 40-storey tower.

London Road Fire Station Manchester Allied London CGI 2

London Road Fire Station Manchester Allied London CGI 2

London Road fire station (contractor not yet appointed)

Allied London is redeveloping the Grade II-listed London Road fire station into a 91-room hotel and mixed-use scheme. 

A contractor has not yet been selected to deliver the 140,000 sq ft development, located opposite Piccadilly.

Repair works have recently started on the building, after which main construction works will begin.

Nine commercial, leisure and retail areas will be created, according to planning documents first revealed in May 2017.

Built in 1906,the fire station has been closed since the 1980s. Allied London purchased the site, which has a gross development value of £60m, in 2015.

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