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Forrest in line for £100m resi contract haul

Forrest is set to deliver two major residential projects in Manchester worth more than £100m combined, Construction News understands.

The Bolton-based contractor has been picked for the £40m Citu NQ development and is in negotiations to deliver the £62m No 1 Old Trafford scheme.

Tibst Ltd, a joint venture between bookmaker Fred Done’s development company Salboy and fellow developer Factory Estates, selected Forrest to build Citu NQ – a mixed nine and 10-storey building comprising 183 apartments.

The site, on Tib Street in the city’s Northern Quarter, currently houses a surface car park, and is believed to have a gross development value of more than £40m.

Designed by architects IDP, Citu NQ was given the green light by planners in February 2017.

Forrest is now set to start on site on the project, according to planning documents, with the construction programme lasting 81 weeks.

The project is scheduled to complete in early 2019.

Previous plans for the site included a nine-storey residential building, designed by architects MBLA, which was given planning approval in 2007 but never started on site.

The latest project is one of several that bookmaker Fred Done – who co-owns high street chain Betfred – is bringing forward in the city.

Domis Construction, a new construction firm set up by former Forrest boss Lee McCarren who left the firm earlier this year, is currently on site at Trinity, a project being developed by another of Mr Done’s companies, FICM.

Trinity, which includes two residential towers of 17 and 13 floors, is due to complete in November 2019.

Mr Done is also behind the Crescent development, which will provide 399 homes on the site of the former Black Horse pub on Chapel Street in Salford.

Construction News also understands that Forrest is in negotiations with developer Cole Waterhouse to build the £62m No 1 Old Trafford development (pictured below).

Designed by architect 5plus, No 1 Old Trafford will provide 354 apartments across two towers of 18 and 15 storeys in height, retail units on the ground floor, and also includes improved public realm and communal gardens.

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5plus Architects No 1 Old Trafford

Plans for the project were submitted in March this year.

The project team also includes Mace as project manager and cost consultant; Paul Butler Associates as planning consultant; and Crooks Walker Consulting as M&E engineer.

The scheme will sit across the Bridgewater Canal from Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, and adjacent to the route of the planned £350m Trafford Park Metrolink line, which was given the green light late last year.

It is also close to the Victoria Warehouse music venue and the 18 m-high Skyhook sculptures, which were installed in 1995.

The site is currently home to a brick storage and distribution warehouse, which would be demolished as part of the plans.

Earlier this year, Forrest won a £70m deal for developer Elliot Group’s The Residence, a 34-storey tower near Victoria station.

Forrest has been contacted for comment.

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