The developers of the £1.4bn Manchester mixed-use scheme are starting to scout the market for pre-lets and financing for the first commercial offering, 320,000 sq ft of offices due to start on site this year.
Contractor RG Group has been appointed to build the 31-storey Manchester residential scheme on behalf of investor Ridgeback Group, which has bought the site from Cable Swan, a joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine, Britannia Group, Prime Developers and Foundation Real Estate.
Contractor Russell WBHO has finished building the 158-bedroom hotel in Manchester on behalf of Bruntwood SciTech and Vita Group, which are developing the £750m Circle Square mixed-use scheme in a joint venture.
The combined authority has awarded the developer loans of £37.5m and £32.4m from its Housing Investment Loans Fund to support the development of just under 1,000 apartments across schemes in the Greengate area of Salford and within the Great Jackson Street regeneration zone in Manchester.
Cashflow issues stemming from a contract dispute at the end of 2019, compounded by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, resulted in the Manchester-based construction firm appointing FRP Advisory as administrators last month.