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Chinese contractor lands £200m Manchester scheme

Chinese contractor China Zhejiang Construction Group Hong Kong (CZCGHK) is among the three contractors chosen to build the first phase of a new £200m residential development in Manchester.

The state-owned CZCGHK was chosen by Far East Consortium alongside UK-based contractors Bardsley Construction and Westfields Construction to deliver the first phase of the Meadowside development in northern Manchester.

The Meadowside will provide 756 new homes when fully complete and will make up part of the £800m Noma neighbourhood development. The 8 ha site will be made up of a number of developments providing housing, office, leisure and retail space north of Manchester’s city centre.

CZCGHK will joint venture with Hertfordshire-based Westfields on the construction of two apartment blocks later this month.

The JV will construct The Gate, a 22-storey block, and the 17-storey Stile block. The two towers will include 286 apartments when completed in spring 2021.

Bardsley Construction will also start work this month on Mount Yard, a 12-storey residential building offering one, two and three-bedroom apartments and townhouses.

In a joint statement, Westfields Construction MD James Varley and CZHGHK UK representative Kevin Chun said the contract will be the JV’s first flagship project in the North-west and act as a gateway for future schemes.

The Meadowside development will be the first to be developed as part of the Northern Gateway programme, an investment partnership between Far East Consortium and Manchester City Council to develop 15,000 homes in the north side of central Manchester over the next decade.

The Far East Consortium got approval for the Meadowside scheme in October 2017. 

FEC regional general manager Gavin Taylor said: “MeadowSide is the first step towards the groundbreaking regeneration of the Northern Gateway, breathing new life into the biggest green space in central Manchester.

“Our contractors have been chosen for their ability to deliver pioneering schemes and together we will create an exciting new residential community for Manchester.”

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