Russell WBHO is aiming to start on site in June having been formally appointed by the consortium delivering the long-awaited 35-storey residential development.
Developers Featherfoot Whitworth Street and Altrincham-based EGCC Group have lodged a building control application of the Whitworth Street West scheme with Manchester City Council, the culmination of months of hard work, according to EGCC director Dean Hewart.
“We are fully in motion and preparing for a start on site late in Q2,” Hewart said.
“There has been a lot of activity behind the scenes and all the professional team has now been formally appointed.”
Once work starts, the project will take three years to complete, Hewart added.
Featherfoot Whitworth Street and EGCC Group bought the site last October from Brigantes for £8.75m, as reported by Place North West.
Development funding of £78m for the 327-home Manchester Tower has also been agreed, according to broker Adapt Finance.
The project team for Manchester Tower includes architect Jon Matthews, who has been involved in the scheme since plans were first lodged in July 2015.
Brigantes won planning consent for the scheme that year and it was then reported that Inhabit Residential was bringing the project forward but work never started.
Inhabit, run by directors of Mercer Real Estate, was dissolved in March last year, according to Companies House.
Manchester Tower, which will feature a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments for sale, is to be constructed on a site next to the City Road Inn and opposite Axis Tower, another Jon Matthews-designed project built by Russells.
The site is also close to another proposed development, Arrowsmith’s 26-storey Apex Tower.