Manchester Life picks Eric Wright for latest Ancoats apartments

Developer Manchester Life has chosen Eric Wright Construction as main contractor for Vesta Street, its seventh project in the Ancoats and New Islington area.

The 171-home scheme, designed by Rafael Vinoly, sits on a site between Old Mill Street and the Ashton Canal which currently houses a surface car park.

The mixed seven, eight, and nine-storey building will offer homes for private sale. These include 54 one-bed apartments, 98 two-bed apartments, eight three-bed apartments, five three-bed duplexes, three four-bedroom duplexes, and three four-bed townhouses.

Plans for the project were submitted in April, and approved by Manchester City Council in June.

Alongside Vesta, Manchester Life has two more projects in the pipeline: New Little Mill, which will offer 68 apartments for sale, and Lampwick, which includes 213 homes for private rent. Lampwick received a £25m loan from the Greater Manchester Housing Investment Loans Fund earlier this month.

Manchester Life, a joint venture between the council and Manchester City FC owner Abu Dhabi United Group, has so far chosen from a group of three contractors to build its schemes – Eric Wright, Graham, and John Sisk & Son.

All three are currently on site across six other projects in the Ancoats and New Islington areas.

Graham is on site at Murrays’ Mills, a 123-bedroom mill restoration project, which will complete in Q2 2018, while the contractor has also been signed up to build Weavers Quay, a 201-home rental development.

Eric Wright is also building Sawmill Court, a 158-unit build-to-rent scheme. John Sisk is currently on site at Cotton Field Wharf on New Union Street, which offers 302 apartments.

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Absolute garbage this

By Anonymous

I know this is well-trodden ground by now, but my god Vesta street looks horrendous

By Anonymous

Can’t get over how bad this looks, it’s almost like a cheap hospital ward.

By Aaron

Manchester Life appear to be intent on building themselves a portfolio of absolute dross. Someone may have noticed though as I notice their marketing of Cottonfield Wharf excludes any exterior shots.

By Mcr Strife

Bad in every way…

By Coolmanc

Absolute discusting design they should be ashamed and give up if thats the best they can come up with, we want modern design and balconies not something that looks like it’s the 1950’s

By Anonymous

An absolute disgrace this.

By Voice of Reason

Horrid..Look at how it fronts the water. Have they no taste or ambition?

By Schwyz

Absolute disgrace of a design!

By Steve

Shocking…. looks like a mixture between a mental hospital and dodgy commercial office

By Therealist

Impossible to make this look any cheaper. Designed by bottom line not free thinkers.

By Pineapple Chunks

Manchester Life in scraping the barrel shocker…

By Ham Shank

This proposed building makes me so angry. It is unacceptable that Manchester City Council would allow the boundary to the canal to be a blank wall and a fenced off ‘dead’ space. Not to mention the bland, oppressive design. I hope Eric Wright will inject some quality into the build

By Sally

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