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Artez set for start at Bengal Street

Work is set to start on the Vincent Kompany-backed project on Manchester’s Bengal Street, featuring 24,000 sq ft of offices alongside 75 apartments.

Contractor Artez has secured a deal to deliver the project and is set to begin in the coming weeks, with a completion date set for summer 2021. The nine-storey building has been designed by Falconer Chester Hall and Mecanoo for M4nchester Two, whose directors are former Manchester City captain Kompany and Northern Group managing director Nathan Ezair.

The proposals include the demolition of a 1950s-built former electrical works, currently occupied by radio station Unity, on the site also bounded by Primrose Street, Radium Street, and Silk Street.

Around 24,000 sq ft of offices is proposed for the ground floor, while there will be 23 one-bed, 47-two bed, and five three-bed apartments on the upper floors. The site is within the Ancoats conservation area, close to Oldham Road, and faces south onto the grade two-listed Victoria Square tenement block.

The project secured planning permission in March this year, despite some objections from Historic England and local councillors.

The professional team also includes Hydrock and planner Cushman & Wakefield.

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