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Three contractors chosen for £200m Manchester development

11 September 2018 | By Neil Gerrard

Hong Kong-based developer Far East Consortium has chosen three contractors to build the first phase of its £200m MeadowSide residential development in Manchester.

Hertfordshire-based Westfields and China Zhejiang Construction Group Hong Kong will work in joint venture on a 22-storey building called the Gate and a 17-storey block called the Stile, which together will contain 286 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments on Aspin Lane.

Both buildings will feature glass facades and include new public realm and commercial units at ground floor level. Construction is due to start this month and complete in spring 2021.

Meanwhile, Bardsley Construction is set to start work this month on Mount Yard, a 12-storey building offering 136 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and townhouses faced with brick to complement the neighbouring buildings.

MeadowSide, which borders Angel Meadow, part of the 20-acre NOMA neighbourhood north of Manchester city centre, is ultimately expected to provide 756 homes in four buildings, with the fourth, the Peak, reaching 41 storeys.

Gavin Taylor, regional general manager at FEC, 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.”

Ged Rooney, pre-construction director at Bardsley, said: “Our appointment by FEC provides a local and global partnership as we work with an international property developer to create a new community around Angel Meadow, extending the city centre northwards with a landmark development that will represent a major part of the NOMA neighbourhood.”

James Varley, managing director at Westfields Construction, and Kevin Chun, UK representative of China Zhejiang Construction Group (HK), added: "These contemporary buildings will change the skyline of Manchester forever. This is our first flagship scheme out of the South of the UK and Hong Kong; it represents the gateway to us building in the North West."

Comments

Yet again an offshore group have been selected to carry out a development in the UK that traditionally UK developers and contractors were capable of carrying out. One questions what is wrong with UK management that in the past were quite capable of carrying out these projects Either universities are not producing the right people or perhaps to over qualified management are not interested in being involeved with the construction industry

Roger Ward FCIOB PQS(F), 11 September 2018

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