Medlock FRB has been appointed to convert Lincoln House in Bolton into 88 apartments, while Winworth Construction is to deliver the listed developer’s 27-unit Oscar House in Manchester.
One Heritage Group, which listed on the London Stock Exchange at the end of last year, bought the leasehold of the Lincoln House office block on Nelson Street from an unnamed Jersey-based trust last May via special purpose vehicle.
The freehold is owned by Bolton Council and asset manager Public Sector Plc and the property already had planning consent for a residential conversion into 90 apartments, granted by the council in 2018. One Heritage planned to start on site last August but the construction schedule was impacted by pandemic-related delays.
Construction has now started following Medlock’s appointment and the scheme is expected to complete in the first quarter of 2022, One Heritage’s chief executive Jason Upton said.
The project team also includes Alison Pike as architect, Euan Kellie Property Solutions as planner, Kennedy Redford as structural engineer, King Associates as M&E consultant and Cube Cost Consultancy as project manager.
Meanwhile, Winworth has been appointed to build One Heritage’s planned conversion of the former Bull’s Head pub on Chester Road, Manchester, into 27 apartments. The site, just outside Castlefield, has lain derelict since the 1808-built pub was destroyed in a fire in 2012.
At the time One Heritage acquired the property, the site had planning consent for a 29-apartment scheme designed by Ollier Smurthwaite Architects. One Heritage retained Ollier Smuthwaite as the architect, and the project team also includes Box Clever Consulting as project manager, Civic Engineers as structural engineer and Watts as M&E consultant.
This scheme is also planned to complete in the first quarter of next year.
Upton told Place North West: “I’m delighted to see two further developments start construction, with the appointment of Medlock as principle contractor to convert a neglected and unused office building in Bolton into 88 contemporary apartments, and Winworth for the construction of 27 high-quality apartments on Chester Road.
“Against a challenging backdrop of national restrictions and industry pressures over the last 12 months, it’s great to see positive progress and credit should go to our team and consultants.
“We’re expecting to see the completion of both projects in Q1 2022.”
One Heritage is also behind a scheme to convert the Oldham County Court building into 43 apartments, and what would be Salford’s tallest building – a 55-storey tower at Waterloo Place, Greengate, which would comprise 545 units once complete. That project and a clutch of others were also delayed amid the pandemic and are now expected to complete in 2024.