Moda’s Angel Gardens damaged by storms

At least three aluminium panels have blown off the 35-storey tower in Manchester, culminating in multiple road closures on Sunday.

Initial damage to the building was apparent after Storm Ciara last weekend when a panel came loose and fell into the inner courtyard of the building.

Storm Dennis, which brought strong winds and further heavy rain this weekend, caused more damage to the building with images sent to Place North West showing that a number of panels have fallen from the façade.

The building was declared unsafe at 3pm yesterday and a section of Rochdale Road in Ancoats was closed in both directions as a result.

Miller Street and Angel Street were also closed amid concerns over public safety.

Moda Cladding

A panel of cladding can be seen missing from the building’s 17th storey

A spokesperson for Caddick Construction, said: “Certain sections of Angel Gardens have been affected by Storm Dennis. Safety is obviously of paramount importance and with the extreme weather conditions continuing this morning, three of the adjacent roads were partially closed as a precaution.

“Caddick Construction is liaising with the Manchester City Council Building Control in securing the area to maximise safety during this extreme weather event. Angel Street has now re-opened and we are working to get the others fully open as soon as possible.”

Carillion started construction of the 466-apartment block in 2016. Caddick, Moda’s sister company, took over the project when Carillion went out of business.

Deloitte acted as planner, the architects are HAUS Collective and Fuse Studios, and landscape architecture is by Planit-IE.

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Pretty sure that Rochdale road isn’t in Ancoats.

By Aaron

There is going to be a lot of this in the future.
The quality of the finishing on buildings is getting poorer and poorer, the severity of the weather getting worse.
Best get used to it.
Sadly it’s not going to be very long until somebody gets hit by a piece of loose ‘cladding’.

By .

Manchester’s “premier residential building”… not cool

By The Old Faithful

Pathetic, embarrassing for Manchester and MODA living

By Dan

On the plus side, much less pollution and noise this morning now that all the suburban motorists have been pushed away. We should close this road more often.

By Anonymous

Less pollution? Pushed somewhere else, stuck in traffic, causing more pollution…

By Erm...

@Erm… – you are assuming all continued to drive and did not alter their trip.

Nevertheless – pushing air pollutants away from dense populated urban cores isn’t as bad an idea as you are suggesting, wot wiv the lower impact wot wiv the lower population innit

By BillyboyCauseDaveWasBanned

The photo looks like it’s closed to traffic but not pedestrians??

By Concerned

Yes, it sure is great that all of the cars are pushed into the nearby narrow residential streets that can’t handle the traffic due to their size and ridiculous on-street parking. It’s difficult driving around there as it is, let alone with the ridiculous amount of added traffic. As a resident, I would prefer to get into my garage without having to wait 15 minutes for people to let me in/past.

By A

Looking to the bright side. Will we be referring to such occurrences in future as “Panels from Heaven”? (with apologies to Dennis Potter),or leaflets from Leeson?

By C J Green

Not sure what M People would say about this occurring on Angel Street

By Sean Edwards

Only 3 abseilers checking this building whilst traffic chaos continues! Understand the need to have a safety cordon around this building however the diversions need proper supervision rather than temporary arrangement. The developers should have 10 times the amount of people checking the building, having two or three operatives working – just pulling the panels to see if they are secure seems rather inadequate given how serious the issue is?

By Bob

Road traffic was at a standstill tonight all around the city. Having been snarled up in traffic around Ancoats for the last few days because of the Moda Angel Gardens problem I chose to go the other way around the ring road and it was so much worse, I’m guessing because other people had the same idea as me, and because of the football traffic. Have to say routing the ring road traffic down Shudehill past Printworks doesn’t work, all the traffic lights and crossings and the fact that busses and trams always have priority at the Shudehill Interchange, and pedestrians have priority at Printworks, just slows everything down massively. OK we know there is a problem with the building, and it sounds like it’s now going to be a problem for some time to come as according to MEN they now need to do remedial work to the entire building facade which will take months, so MCC and Moda need to work hard and fast in solving the traffic flow issue as a priority. I’m sure there is plenty of activity going on behind the scenes, sub-contractors checking their design and calculations, people talking to insurers and dialogue with MCC, but the traffic situation needs to be sorted, the diversions in place don’t work (and from what I’ve seen there aren’t actually any in place as I see no diversion signs only road closures)… MCC please get this sorted ASAP !!

By Johnny

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