Scarborough International Properties and FairBriar International have officially appointed BCEGI for the construction of the 550-apartment second phase of its 24.5-acre Middlewood Locks development in Salford.
BCEGI – Beijing Construction & Engineering Group International – completed the first 570-home phase of Middlewood Locks in October 2018 and has been lined up for the successor phase since 2017, when Scarborough chairman Kevin McCabe told Place North West that the contractor “can produce the product on time, on cost, and with the minimum of fuss, and they will be our partner here for a long time”.
The second phase was granted detailed planning consent by Salford City Council in December 2016 and will consist of four separate buildings of up to ten storeys, providing 546 apartments, with two of the buildings connected by podium gardens.
Phase two will also include ground-level parking and landscape gardens providing connectivity with public realm and park space surrounding the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal, around which the development is being built.
In total, Middlewood Locks is slated to provide 2,215 homes and 900,000 sq ft of commercial development including offices, hotel, shops, restaurants, a convenience store and gym at. what the developer is billing as the “western gateway to Manchester’s CBD”. Two weeks ago, a joint venture between Delancey Oxford Residential, APG and Qatari Diar confirmed the forward-purchase of more than 800 rental homes at the scheme.
Simon McCabe, deputy chairman and joint chief executive of Scarborough said: “We are delighted to again be working with BCEGI which was our contractor on phase one, which has been a great success. The new contract will support jobs and will provided much needed residential space to the local region.
“Our commitment to phase two is further testimony to Scarborough’s collaborative approach and our strong track record in delivering large-scale projects throughout the country.”
Dongwen Yu, lead director at BCEGI, said: “Having successfully worked together on the first phase of this fantastic scheme, we are proud of our role in helping Scarborough to transform the Middlewood Locks area from a plot of empty land to one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the city.
“This project has not only witnessed the true partnership sprit in action at all levels between BCEGI and Scarborough, but also with the local council, schools and the wider community. We are excited and confident, that together, we will make this development a successful story for many years to come.”
FairBriar is the joint venture set up by Scarborough, in which it holds a 50% stake with Metro Holdings of Singapore and Hualing Group of China each holding a 25% share. BCEGI is also a partner at Manchester’s Airport City, with other projects including a tower in Liverpool and work on Bolton’s town centre masterplan.