Urban Splash Reopened In May At New Islington

CRACKING ON | Manchester’s construction boom continues

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Paul Unger

While many of us have been locked down at home, construction teams have been progressing sites across the North West. In the first of a three-part weekly series, Place North West takes a look at what has been happening in and around central Manchester.

Cycling through the city in the past fortnight, it felt like construction workers were the only other people there. At the end of June, Manchester had 50 tower cranes on the skyline, down from 80 a year earlier, according to the construction watchers on the SkyscraperCity forum.

The tour takes in Northern Quarter, Ancoats, city fringe into Salford and Trafford, St Johns, New Bailey, the Quays, Deansgate, St Peter’s Square, Oxford Road and more. While not a comprehensive list, Place found more than 60 live projects, all detailed below. Residential projects, and private rented in particular, dominate the list.

Office workers returning to the centre will see much has been done in their absence including a handful of notable completions, such as MMU’s arts and humanities building on Oxford Road and Worthington’s 125 Deansgate office building.

Thank you to everybody who contributed. To submit photos and updates for the series please follow these instructions. Sources: Place North West, UrbInfo, SkyscraperCity

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Lampwick, New Islington

Manchester Life New Islington Lampwick Mansion House

Developer: Manchester Life, partnership between Manchester City Council and Manchester City FC owner Abu Dhabi United Group

Description: 213 PRS homes, 5,000 sq ft commercial

Team: Contractor, John Sisk & Son; architect Callison RTKL; planner, Deloitte

Other developments ongoing in New Islington are Urban Splash’s Mansion House seen in background and 17 town houses around the corner in Piercy Street. Manchester Life has New Little Mill, the final part of Murray Mills, on site not far away in Ancoats.


Leonardo Hotel, Adair and Great Ancoats Streets

Adair Street Leonardo Hotel Capital & Centric

Developer: Capital & Centric

Funder: Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Description: 275-bed hotel, 14 floors

Value: £35.5m

Team: operator, Leonardo Hotels; main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland; architect, Stephenson Studio; QS, Arcadis; project manager, Arcadis; planner, Avison Young; PR, Font Communications

Piling started. Due for completion 2022


Crusader Mill, Piccadilly East

Crusader Mill July 2020

Developer: Capital & Centric

Value: £50m

Description: Listed textile mill conversion into 126 apartments for sale

Team: main contractor, Artez; architect shedkm; QS and project manager Cinns; planner Deloitte; PR, Font Communications.

Cloister walls are now built across most of the buildings with apartments being formed behind them. Majority of window frames now installed with large number now glazed. Roofs are being slated and show apartment nearly concluded. Brickwork repairs and structural works ongoing. Structure for the lift and walkways has started going in.


Phoenix, Piccadilly East

Phoenix Capital & Centric

Developer: Capital & Centric

Value: £25m

Description: 75 apartments for sale, 10 storeys

Team: main contractor, Eric Wright; architect: shedkm; QS and project manager Cinns; planner: Deloitte; PR: Font Communications.

Finishing touches, with the project due to complete at the end of July, ready for first residents to move in August. Including installing balconies, windows and roof terraces, finalising interiors and decoration.


111 Piccadilly

111 Piccadilly The Gem 2

Developer: Bruntwood Works

Description: 60,000 sq ft office, due for completion September 2020

Team: contractor, Workspace Design & Build; architect 3DReid; lighting, StudioTech & Artin Light

The Gem extension, pictured, has been added to the front of the building, which will provide a calming breakout and art exhibition space. The entrance steps have been moved to create a better arrival experience, and the coffee counter, which will be home to Ancoats Coffee Co, has been installed. Added to this is the fitout of the lounge and coworking space, and completion of 200 ft external light installation. In March, one third of the external lights had been installed and Bruntwood Works used these to thank key workers as part of the ‘clap for carers’.


Oxygen, Great Ancoats and Store Street, Piccadilly

Picture From The Not Quite Light Project, Taken At Dawn And Dusk

Picture from the Not Quite light project, taken at dawn and dusk

Developer: Property Alliance Group

Description: 345 apartments for rent, 12 townhouses, 31 storeys

Value: £100m

Team: contractor Russell WBHO; Jon Matthews Architects; managing agent Alliance City Living; letting agent JLL; engineers WSP structural, Ce2 MEP; landscape ReForm.

Concrete frame topped out, concrete cladding and window installation ongoing. Tower 3 cladding and balconies completed. Internal fit-out continues in phases, some apartments to second fix.


Anco&Co, Blossom and Great Ancoats Streets

Mulbury City Anco&Co EDITED

Developer: Mulbury City, funded and operated by DTZ Investors

Description: 143 PRS units, including townhouses

Value: £30m

Team: Tim Groom Architects

Anco&Co, shown on the right, is the latest in a series of Mulbury City’s PRS projects in Manchester, and is being finished in-house after contractor Bardsley went into administration.


The Lancastrian, Oldham Road

Broadside Balfour Beatty

Developer: Balfour Beatty and AIG Global Real Estate

Description: 274 build-to-rent apartments

Value: £65m

Architect: Hodder + Partners


Ancoats Gardens, Rochdale Road

Beech Ancoats Gardens

Developer: Beech Group

Description: 155 rental apartments, 15 storeys

Value: £30m

Team: Create Construction; planner Paul Butler Associates; cost consultant Abacus; acoustics Sandy Brown; fire consultant Hoare Lea; structural engineer Alan Johnston Partnership

Across the road from the £17.5m Hampton by Hilton Angel Meadow, also under construction, designed by Tim Groom.  Catalyst Capital’s StayCity aparthotel on nearby Mason Street stalled when contractor Bardsley went into administration. A replacement contractor has yet to be named.


MeadowSide, Angel Meadow

Meadowside Far East Consortium FEC 3

Developer: Far East Consortium

Description: 756 apartments and townhouses for sale

Value: £200m

Team: Westfields Construction, China Zheijang Construction Group Hong Kong; Jon Matthews Architects; agent JLL

The Gate and The Stile are more than 50% sold with completion due in summer 2021. MeadowSide spearheads the Northern Gateway, an investment partnership between FEC and Manchester City Council to provide 15,000 new homes across the north side of central Manchester over the next decade. Mount Yard on the other side of the park is also on site with 136 apartments and townhouses.


Embankment West, Greengate

Affinity Living Embankment West

Developer: Select Property Group

Description: 500 rental apartments and aparthotel suites

Team: contractor Sir Robert McAlpine; architect Callison RTKL; planner Deloitte; transport Curtins

Extension of Select’s successful CitySuites upmarket aparthotel in the emerging Greengate area. Select bought out joint venture partner Ask Real Estate’s stake in 2017. Ask and Tristan Capital Partners’ 100 Embankment offices, totalling 166,000 sq ft, completed next door in the past month.


Uptown, Trinity Way

Alliance Urban Splash Manchester Uptown

Developers: Property Alliance Group

Description: 156 apartments to rent, three blocks

Value: £50m

Team: main contractor FK Group; architect shedkm; site inspector Ball & Berry; fire engineer: Design Fire Consultants

Concrete frame completed on the first block in past three months, and two other blocks are ongoing. Design uses modular pods, echoing Urban Splash’s modular House streets to the rear. The site is next to the River Irwell where it enters the city centre.


Canon Green, Blackfriars Road

Salix Homes Canon Green Blackfriars

Developer: Salix Homes

Description: Renovation of 1960s block and new-build 108 apartments, 11 storeys

Cost: £23m

Team: architect Corstophine + Wright; contractor Willmott Dixon


Adelphi Wharf, Adelphi Street

Fortis Adelphi Wharf

Developer: Fortis

Funder: OakNorth

Description: 380 rental apartments in second and third phases. Phase one complete

Value: £58m

Team: contractor Beaumont Morgan; architect DMS Architecture


Bridgewater Wharf, Ordsall Lane

Developer: Fortis

Description: 375 apartments to rent, eight storeys

Value: £67m

Team: contractor Beaumont Morgan; architect Darnton B3; Lambert Smith Hampton on planning; structural engineer Scott Hughes Design; building services consultant Mullins Associates; sales by Knight Knox.

Facing Pomona Island across the River Irwell and part of the Ordsall Riverside masterplan. Also on site in Ordsall Lane is The Dye Works, 250 apartments designed by DLA for developer Forshaw Land & Property. 


Manchester Waters, Pomona Island

X1 Manchester Waters Pomona July 2020 3

Developer: X1 and Peel L&P

Description: 540 apartments, five phases

Team: contractor Vermont; architect Falconer Chester Hall; agent Savills

First block of 75 units to rent opened to residents in June, second phase on site.


No1 Old Trafford, Trafford Wharf Road

Wharfside Metrolink No1 Old Trafford Cole Waterhouse

Developer: Cole Waterhouse

Funding: Fortwell Capital

Description: 350 apartments, two blocks, 15 and 18 storeys

Value: £68m

Team: Domis Construction; Jon Matthews Architects; planning Paul Butler Associates; project manager Mace; cost consultant Mace; landscape architect Exterior Architecture; structural engineer Renaissance Associates; mechanical & electrical, Aberla, transport, SCP.

Brick cladding has been going up during lockdown next to the newly opened Wharfside station on the Metrolink Trafford Park Line.


Discovery Quay, Salford Quays

Create Discovery Quay

Developer: Bricks Capital Developments

Description: 404-room student accommodation

Value: £25m

Contractor: Create Construction

Architect: KKA


Fortis Quay, Salford Quays

Fortis Quay

Developer: Fortis

Description: 655 buy-to-let apartments, five blocks, tallest 27 storeys

Team: Beaumont Morgan on construction; architect Bowman Riley landscape architect DEP; planner Lambert Smith Hampton; Sanderson transport consultant; Knight Knox agent.


X1 The Gateway

X1 The Gateway Trafford Road

Developer: X1

Description: 121 buy-to-let apartments, up to 21 storeys, sold out

Value: £28m

Team: Architect Coda Studios, planner Turley, agent Knight Knox

Liverpool-based construction firm Vermont took over after contractor Forrest collapsed late last year, Vermont having worked with Liverpudlian developer Ray Smith’s X1 on other projects. 


Cornbrook Works, Chester Road

Brickland Cornbrook

Developer: Brickland

Description: 360 PRS units

Value: £50m

Team: contractor ISG; Tim Groom Architects; planner Euan Kellie Property Solutions; agent Bellward Properties

Brick cladding has been going up during lockdown at this prominent two-block project on the border of Trafford and Manchester.


Cornbrook, Chester Road

Cornbrook Glenbrook

Developer: Glenbrook

Fund: Barings

Description: 280 build-to-rent apartments, two 15-storey blocks

Value: £56m

Team: contractor, Graham; architect, Sheppard Robson; EA/QS Abacus Cost Management; structural engineer Shepherd Gilmour; mechanical & electrical, Beechfield; planning, HOW Planning (Avison Young).

External cladding and balustrades installed, curtain walling installed to ground floor and roof top tenant lounge, external landscaping to roof, including running track, progressing, internal finishes progressing and apartment inspections commenced.


Sky, City and St George’s Gardens, Chester Road

DeTrafford City Gardens Roof Gardens

Developer: DeTrafford

Description: 420 apartments in terrace of blocks

Architect: Ollier Smurthwaite

Slow going has not deterred Gary Jackson’s DeTrafford from starting three developments next to each other one after the other before finishing the first of them. Planning approval for Gallery Gardens was approved by the delegated planning trio at Manchester City Council after being refused by committee before lockdown.


Elizabeth Tower and Victoria Residence, Deansgate

Renaker Crown Street Elizabeth Tower Deansgate Square

Developer: Renaker

Funder: Maslow Capital

Description: 660 apartments, 52 storeys and 21 storeys

Value: £210m

Team: architect SimpsonHaugh & Partners; agent Select Property Group

Elizabeth Tower is sold out and Victoria Residence 98% sold. Hard to imagine two such large developments being hard to spot but the dominance of four neighbouring towers at Renaker’s Deansgate Square, which are more visible from the city centre, means Elizabeth and Victoria have gone largely unmentioned in comparison.


Castle Wharf, Castlefield

Renaker Castlefield Basin

Developer: Renaker

Description: 188 apartments, two blocks, 12 and 21 storeys

Team: OMI Architects


Deansgate Square

Deansgate Square Renaker From Mancunian Way

Developer: Renaker

Funder: GM Housing Fund, two towers since sold to Legal & General

Description: 1,500 apartments, four towers, 38 to 64 storeys

Value: £385m

Team: architect SimpsonHaugh & Partners; planner Deloitte; building services WSP

Renaker has become Manchester’s peerless tall building developer and self-builder over the past decade, summed up by one rival in the city as inspiring “50% admiration and 50% envy”. The finishing pieces to Deansgate Square should be wrapped up in the next few months, the final two of four blocks, amenity and outdoor spaces.


River Street Tower

Downing River Street Tower 2Developer: Downing

Description: 800 student rooms, 32 storeys

Funders: Barclays, HSBC, NatWest

Architect: SimpsonHaugh & Partners

The long-stalled site next to the Mancunian Way became a symbol of the last recession with its six-storey concrete frame covered in graffiti standing untouched for several years. George Downing bought it from Dastur Trading in November 2017.


Birley Fields phase two, Stretford Road

Kier Birley Residences MMU

Developer: Manchester Metropolitan University

Description: 500 rooms for student rent, three blocks, up to 16 storeys

Value: £30m

Team: GWP Architecture, Kier Construction


Helipad link bridge, Oxford Road

MFT Walker Sime Steel Link Bridge Is Lifted Into Place

Developer: Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Description: 130m-long steel bridge

Cost: £3.9m

Team: Engie, Bruntwood, MFT, Sheppard Robson, Walker Sime

After five years in planning and fundraising the bridge is being between Grafton Street Car Park and hospitals in the Oxford Road campus which include Emergency Departments at Manchester Royal Infirmary and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.


MMU Arts & Humanities Building, Oxford Road

MMU Arts & Humanities

Developer: Manchester Metropolitan University

Description: 130,000 sq ft teaching facility including theatre and recording studios

Cost: £46m

Team: Main contractor Morgan Sindall Construction; architect Allies & Morrison; PM/QS Turner & Townsend; CDM Baker Hicks; M&E Arup; theatre consultants Charcoal Blue and Drama by Design; acoustics SRL; framework North West Construction Hub.

Contractor Morgan Sindall said: “Covid hit the project in its final stages. Handed over on 29 May on time following the award of an extension of time. Team overcame immense challenges during the Covid-19 lockdown with handover tests being undertaken using virtual technologies.”


MECD, Manchester Engineering Campus Development, Booth Street East

MECD July 2020 University

Developer: University of Manchester

Cost: £350m

Team: contractor Balfour Beatty; concept architect Mecanoo, detail architect BDP; project manager Buro Four; project engineer Arup; cost manager Arcadis

Despite public statements about freezing capital spending while predicting student numbers is so tricky the university has not halted its black megalith, one of the largest developments undertaken by a higher education institution in the UK.


Circle Square, Oxford Road

Circle Square July 2020 Bruntwood Vita

Developer: Bruntwood SciTech, Vita Group

Description: 1.2m sq ft office space, 1,700 homes, 100,000 sq ft retail and leisure, 250,000 sq ft public realm

Value: £750m

Team: Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley; contractors John Sisk & Son, Bowmer & Kirkland and Russell WBHO; Ridge project manager; Curtins structural and highways engineer; Deloitte planner; Appleyard & Trew cost consultant; Planit-IE landscape architect; office agents Knight Frank, JLL and Savills

First phases of residential backing onto the river are occupied and work continues across several further phases at once including hotel and car park next to Mancunian Way, offices fronting Oxford Road and public realm in the middle to be named Symphony Park.


Maldron Hotel, Charles Street

Dalata Maldron Hotel Charles Street

Developers: Catalyst Capital and Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures

Funder: Aviva Investors

Description: 278-bed Maldron hotel operated by Dalata Hotel Group, 17 storeys

Value: £47m

Team: architect Simpson Haugh & Partners; contractor McAleer & Rushe; planner Deloitte


Artisan Heights, New Wakefield Street

Unite Oxford Road 2

Developer: Unite Group

Description: 603-bed student accommodation over 32 floors, wholly owned by Unite

Value: £78m

Team: SimpsonHaugh&Partners is architect; Turley planner; Bowmer & Kirkland contractor; structural engineer Curtins; building services engineer Waterman; Design Fire Consultants

Listed Unite was typically bold in its June trading statement, “confident in the outlook for higher education demand”, shrugging off speculation overseas students will not arrive in the same numbers next year. Shares having been climbing slowly after falling from £13 in February and are trading at £9.50.


Barclay House, Whitworth Street West

Barclay House Whitworth Street Power Living

Developer: Power Living

Description: 90 apartments

Team: contractor Armstrong Projects; planner Avison Young; Howard & Seddon Architects


Manchester New Square, Princess and Whitworth Streets

Urban Civic Manchester New Square

Developer: Urban & Civic

Funders: GM Pension Fund, GM Housing Fund

Description: 350 apartments, up to 15 storeys

Value: £83m

Team: architect SimpsonHaugh & Partners; Lendlease contractor; JLL agent; structural engineer RoC Consulting; building services engineer Ramboll; cost manager Faithfull & Gould

Site stalled when West Properties collapsed in the financial crash and was bought by Urban & Civic in 2014.


iQ Echo Street

Echo Street IQ Student

Developer: iQ Student Accommodation

Description: 400 co-living units, 90 student beds, up to 25 storeys

Team: Vinci, Capita, Sheppard Robson, Turley, Cundall, Ramboll, Curtins, Vectos and Planit-IE.


London Road Fire Station

London Road Fire Station July 2020

Developer: Allied London

Description: 140,000 sq ft mixed-use

Team: contractor Quadrigga; architect Levitt Bernstein

Phase one essential fabric repairs underway. Scaffolding being dismantled anticlockwise is the most visual change to the exterior. Quadriga has been overseeing North West based specialist contractors that have been completing exterior masonry and terracotta work, roof and lead work, windows and doors maintenance, development of original rainwater goods and timbers.


Kampus, Canal Street

Kampus July 2020 2

Developer: Capital & Centric and HBD

Funder: Ares

Description: 530 apartments and 40,000 sq ft commercial

Value: £250m

Team: main contractor, Mount Anvil; architects, Mecanoo, shedkm and Chapman Taylor; QS Arcadis; project manager Arcadis; planner Deloitte; PR Font Communications

Scaffolding has come down on one of the listed buildings, Minto & Turner, revealing heritage features such as ‘New York’ fire escape. The new roof and windows have been finished on the building which is being transformed into loft apartments with commercial space on the ground floor.


Cotton Yard, 40 Chorlton Street

Cotton Yard Staying Cool

Developers: Staying Cool and Cringle Corporation

Description: 41 aparthotel units

Team: contractor Seddon; planner Euan Kellie Property Solutions; development adviser CBRE


Clayton Hotel, Portland Street

Clayton Hotel Next To Brooklyn

Developer: Property Alliance Group

Funder: Aviva Investors

Description: 330-bed hotel operated by Dalata

Team: construction Russel WBHO; architects Stephenson Studio with Leach Rhodes Walker; building services design Ridge & Partners; WSP structural design; Kuits legal and commercial; CBRE acted for Aviva


Transmission House, Church and Tib Streets

Salboy Transmission House Northern Quarter

Developer: Salboy

Description: 183 apartments for sale or rent, nine storeys

Team: planning, Euan Kellie Property Solutions; architect IDP; contractor Domis

Salboy’s prominent triangular block next to Afflecks Palace completed in June. Across the road, Beech Group’s 37-unit Union Square has started on site. Northern Quarter has several other projects, new-builds and renovations, ongoing not featured here.


Tribeca, Dale Street

Kamani Tribeca House

Developer: Kamani Property Group

Description: 32,000 sq ft office

Team: Barnfield Construction; Falconer Chester Hall architects; planner Zerum; heritage consultant Donald Insall Associates; dBx Acoustics; and CFA Archaeology


11 York Street

11 York Street

Developer: Aviva

Description: 79,000 sq ft office

Team: architect AHR; contractor Kier; cost consultant and principal designer Gardiner & Theobald; M&E consultant Hannan Associates / TACE; structural engineer Tier Consult

Aviva’s office project, within the Upper King Street Conservation Area, topped out during lockdown.


Hyphen, 75 Mosley Street

Hyphen Interior

Developer : Boultbee Brooks Real Estate

Investor: CBRE GI

Description: 51,930 sq ft office due for completion October 2020

Cost: £14m

Team: project manager OBI; architect PRP; structural engineer Tier Consult; M&E consultant MEP; contractor Russell WBHO; agents OBI and Savills

Since mid-March, the on-site team has installed cladding and removed scaffolding, completed external terraces, installed four lifts and completed joinery and decoration works throughout.


Motel One, 3 St Peter’s Square

Motel One St Peters July 2020 2

Developer: Property Alliance Group

Description: 328 hotel bedrooms, 108 apartments, 20 storeys

Team: contractor Russell WBHO; Stephenson Studio and Leach Rhodes Walker architects


100 Barbirolli Square

100 Barbirolli Square AEW Investors

Developer: AEW Investors

Description: 150,000 sq ft office redevelopment

Team: contractor, Ardmac; architect 5plus; project manager Savills; ACIES Structural Engineers and MZA Consulting Engineers; agents OBI and Savills


Tower of Light, Lower Mosley Street

Tower Of Light Manchester

Developer: Manchester City Council

Description: Low carbon energy source for civic quarter buildings

Cost: £26m

Team: contractor Vital energy; architect Tonkin Liu; planner Turley


Viadux, Albion Street

Viadux Arches Dig

Developers: Ask Real Estate and Salboy

Description: 40-storey residential tower, 14-storey office building

Value: £300m

Team: contractor, Domis; architect SimpsonHaugh & Partners.

Enabling works include architectural survey work under grade two-listed arches.


Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square

Manchester Town Hall Modernisation Purcell

Developer: Manchester City Council

Description: Restoration of listed town hall

Cost: £330m

Team: Lendlease as main contractor; Purcell architect; Mace project manager; Ramboll structural engineer; Planit-IE landscape architect; Arup building services engineer; Faithful + Gould quantity surveyor.

Work started in earnest this month after delays due to Covid-19 and discovery of peregrine falcons in the clock tower. Costs have risen by nearly £25m and estimated completion pushed back a year to 2024, according to council reports.


The Lincoln, Mulberry Street

Lincoln Brazennose Marshall M&G

Developer: M&G

Description: 102,000 sq ft office, seven floors

Team: contractor Marshall CDP; architect Jon Matthews Architects

Long-awaited redevelopment of Brazennose House will include refurbishment of Lincoln Square, between Deansgate and Albert Square. 121 Deansgate / John Dalton House is on site to the rear with the first QBIC hotel outside London. The newly completed 125 Deansgate by Worthington is next door.


125 Deansgate

125 Deansgate

Developer: Worthington Properties

Description: 116,000 sq ft office fully let to Spaces, part of Regus

Value: £85m

Team: Glenn Howells Architects; Briggs & Forrester Engineering Services; agents Knight Frank, Savills and Cheetham & Mortimer


Manchester Goods Yard, Enterprise City

Enterprise City Allied London

Developer: Allied London

Funder: Aviva

Description: 400,000 sq ft office, 220,000 sq ft pre-let to Booking.com

Team: contractor Leandlease; architect Child Graddon Lewis; agent OBI


ABC Buildings, Quay Street

ABC Allied London July 2020

Developer: Allied London

Description: 180,000 sq ft office

Team: McLaren Construction; architect 3DReid; structural engineer Curtins; QS and project manager OBI; M&E consultant MEP Design; fire engineer Chapman BDSP; acoustician Sandy Brown; principal designer Orsa; planning Deloitte; and letting agent OBI

Renovation element of Enterprise City, and the wider St Johns area being redeveloped by Allied London. Partly complete and occupied going into lockdown, work has continued to roof and cladding on Astley & Byrom Pavilion extensions; fit-out to remaining floors of Astley & Byrom houses; final render and painting to all elevations; erection of Quay Street canopy and hard landscaping to Quay Street.


The Factory, St Johns

The Factory Allied London 3

Developer: Allied London with Manchester City Council

Funder: £78m grant from Government

Description: 710,000 sq ft arts venue

Cost: £111m

Team: contractor Laing O’Rourke; architect OMA

Rumours of funding gaps to complete the ambitious cultural project continue to swirl around the new home of Manchester International Festival as it rises out of the ground.


Salford Central C1, Trinity Way

Salford Central C1

Developer: Muse Developments

Partners: English Cities Fund JV: Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England with Salford City Council

Description: 211 homes for private sale, 23 storeys

Team: architect Hawkins\Brown; contractor Morgan Sindall Construction; engineer WSP; M&E Hannan Associates; QS Walker Sime; contract administrator Buro Four; planning DPP; agent JLL

Extensive work has been conducted on Plot C1 since March which includes earthworks, ground remediation, below ground drainage, piling, retaining wall and foundation works.


Flint Building, Slate Yard

ECF Slate Yard Muse New Bailey

Developer: English Cities Fund: Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England

Partner: Salford City Council

Purchaser: Legal & General

Description: 199 PRS apartments, 21 floors

Team: Morgan Sindall Construction; architect AHR; contract administrator Buro Four; project services; MEP Hannan Associates; structural engineer and transport, WSP; landscape architect, HED; cost management, Walker Sime; fire engineer, OFR; planning consultant DPP UK.

The third and final tower of Slate Yard, which is part of the 50-acre Salford Central development by Muse and ECF. Works have progressed both internally, with the fit-out of floors continuing on levels eight to 20, the lower eight floors being inspected, signed off and locked up. Externally, the hoist has been removed, allowing the façade to be closed. The mast climbers to the north and east elevations have been dismantled to allow the balconies to be installed.


Two New Bailey Square

2 New Bailey 2

Developer: English Cities Fund: Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England

Funder: Aviva

Description: 188,500 sq ft office

Team: contractor Bowmer & Kirkland; architect AHMM; engineer Integra; contract administration RPS; QS Abacus; MEP Hannan Associates; façade Wintech; landscape HED / Re-Form

The façade and roof works have now been completed and external works have progressed well since March. Internally, mechanical and electrical works and internal finishes continue apace.


Three New Bailey

Three New Bailey Muse ECF

Developer: English Cities Fund JV: Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England

Fund: Legal & General

Description: 157,000 sq ft, new Greater Manchester base for HMRC being delivered under the government’s hubs programme

Team: contractor Bowmer & Kirkland; architect Make; engineer Cundalls; contract administration Chroma; QS RPS; MEP Hannan Associates; façade Wintech; Design Fire Consultants; landscape HED; adviser to HMRC Turner & Townsend

Upper floors and roof have been completed and façade is nearing completion. Works on the floorplates are continuing. The striking red brick weaved façade is creating a new landmark next to Salford Central station.


Atelier Homes, Chapel Street

Atelier Homes Muse ECF Chapel Street

Developer: Muse Developments

Partners: English Cities Fund: Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England in conjunction with Salford City Council

Description: 167 apartments, 11 townhouses for sale

Value: £41.5m

Team: contractor Eric Wright; architect Buttress; engineer Alan Johnson Partnership; MEP Hannans; landscape architect HED; QS Appleyard & Trew; contract administrator Appleyard & Trew

Works on the concrete frame have been making headway, with block A coming to completion and the remaining blocks making steady progress. Staircases are being installed and steel framing systems to the facades have been put in place to allow the building to be made watertight.


Valette Square, Adelphi Street

Valette Square ECF 2

Developer: Muse Developments

Partners: English Cities Fund: Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England in conjunction with Salford City Council

Description: 33 townhouses for sale

Value: £12.5m

Team: contractor John Turner; Buttress Architects; engineer Integra; MEP Hannans; landscape architect, Layer; QS Faithful & Gould; contract administrator, Chroma.

Since March, brickwork has progressed significantly and is nearing completion. Progress has also been made on the roof works with several watertight homes in the process of internal fit-out. In addition, flooring, tiling, wardrobes and kitchens are all being installed with the target for the first home being ready in early August.


Chapel Wharf, Chapel Street

Chapel Wharf Dandara

Developer: Dandara

Funders: HSBC and government’s Home Building Fund

Description: 995 PRS apartments in four blocks, up to 22 storeys

Team: Axis Mason architects; contractor Sir Robert McAlpine


Affinity Living Riverview, Bridge Street

Affinity Riverside Vita Salford

Developer: Select Property Group

Description: 332 apartments, 35 storeys

Value: £100m

Team: contractor Renaker; architect Denton Corker Marshall; planner Deloitte


Gore Street

Gore Street ECP

Developers: UK Land & Property, Sir Robert McAlpine

Funder: Grainger

Description: 375 build-to-rent apartments

Value: £80m

Team: OMI Architects, Sir Robert McAlpine contractor


Middlewood Locks, Salford

Middlewood Locks Scarborough Progress Canal July 2020

Developer: Scarborough International Properties and Beijing Construction Engineering Group International

Description: 546 apartments in second phase of 25-acre development

Value: £700m, total development

Team: Whittam Cox Architects; Delancey Oxford Residential, Metro Holdings, Hualing Group


Local Crescent

Local Crescent Salboy

Developer: Salboy

Description: 399 apartments, seven townhouses

Team: Jon Matthews Architects; Euan Kellie Property Solutions; Domis construction; managed by Urbanbubble


University of Salford Science, Engineering & Environmental Building

University Of Salford Science Engineering And Environmental Building

Developer: University of Salford

Description: 165,000 sq ft teaching facility

Cost: £49.5m

Team: main contractor Morgan Sindall; architect Sheppard Robson; structures, Arup; M&E, A&B Engineering

Works started on site in July with a contracted completion date of August 2022.

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They will push, push and push – until Manchester is universally accepted as some sort of capital.

I am not buying it.

By McDonough facsimile

Are these appartments devolpments all going to be full ? Manchester and Salford is BOOMING at the moment with all expansive appartments.

By Darren born bred Salford

In terms of scope and ambition, I think the technical term I am looking for is “Wow”. The next question is how will the coming recession impact on the take up of space in these and other properties?

By Bob Robinson

Wow! Indeed. What a fabulous look at the vibrant cities of Manchester and Salford. There may well be a recession soon, but this will pass and a surprising amount of the new-build has been let or sold.

By Old Hack

What a City. With so much more in the pipeline.

By Bob

Three new bailey looks great, two new bailey is awful!! Some real hits and misses, certain some will age better than others. Unite scheme looks good, Chapel Wharf and Discovery Quay less so…

By IMO

Not buying it, the Manchester market will crash at some point if not this year .

By Anonymous

Fantastic summary, thank you PNW.

My only gripe, we have had such a boom in recent years that surely must be due to lull again any time now, how are we still left with so many brownfield sites?!
I wish the powers that be would bring in some permanent legislation to make brownfield sites more presentable so they aren’t such a blemish and blight to the feel of the place. It’s something that’s never been addressed in a lot of cities in the post industrial days and is an issue in the majority of English cities.

By Thumbs Up

Whilst I am glad of the ‘boom,’ what has been constructed is of near to zero architectural interest. There are some horrific schemes which make The Arndale Tower look like a masterpiece. This ‘boom’ is short term. In 20 years time, Manchester will be one of The UK’s least attractive cities due to the poor quality of what has been built. Look at some of the <10 year old schemes round Ancoats. They look awful and these on the whole will too.

By Observer

That is £7b of development the mind boggles

By Chris Eccles

Good interesting article on the property BOOM in Manchester and Salford,,, thanks PNW.

By Darren born bred Salford

To be honest as a native manc I think they’ve built to much apartments for Chinese to sink their teeth into and it’s wealthy investors who are buying them not mancs .and being only 20 years old I can’t believe how fast they’ve built these because when I was about ten it was only the Hilton tower on deansgate and now there are about 20 of them

By Alfie mcgill

I can’t believe how fast they have put them up it was only 10 years ago they put the beetham tower up and since then theve built loads

By Alfie mcgill

Manchester is an anomaly in this country. It has a real zeal for the future.

By Elephant

Alfie McGill @ The Beetham building was completed in 2006. It’s 14 years old, NOT TEN years old.. Okay amigo.

By Darren born bred Salford.

I wonder how many of the sub-contractors on these projects are actually from Manchester ? I wonder how many of these sub-contractors are from Manchester with the work being undertaken by a local mancunian workforce ? I wonder how many of these sub-contractors are from Manchester, with the work being undertaken by a local mancunian workforce, who have won the work via a competitive, non colluding bid without the requirement to furnish anyone within the hierarchy. Very few I am expecting. What is Manchester council doing about it ? What are the clients doing about it ? What are the Main Contractors doing about it apart from receiving benefits in kind ? Absolutely nothing……

By Dec Noncollusion

Yeh still UGLY

By zen

River view is actually being built my Manchester’s Renaker.

By Tim

Heck of a lot of open edges to watercourses in the residential developments here.

Need plenty of nice quality balustrading installing, otherwise we’ll have the ‘pusher’ folklore tale continuing when the inevitable poor souls fall into the water when drunk and disorientated.

By North by North-West

@Dec Noncollusion

Write a research paper on it…be the change you want to see.

Work hard at it and look out for a Call for Papers for suitable academic conferences that may accept that particular subject / theme, i.e. procurement, construction, management, etc.

Do a snappy literature review, do some qualitative data collection (interviews with people about unethical procurement, etc), set a solid methodology, findings, conclusion. Do it as part of an MPhil or MRes in Construction / Built Environment.

Write the paper, the book, the thesis…get it out there.

By North by North-West

Manchester spreading its wings again , never mind jealousy n detractors , we do our own thing , what a city !!

By Keith davies

I don’t get Manchester, I moved here last year, there are a load of apartments and offices and yet the council don’t look after the city, Castlefield is overgrown, the northern quarter is filthy and badly maintained, where is all the money going?

By Falconer

Am from NZ how could any city or anyone be jealous of a city that is rife in crime and has a few nasty looking buildings?
Deluded comes to mind ..Manchester is just gross!!!!1

By zen.

By Falconer: Totally agree, although I’m a Manc and been here all my life, its one of my real issues with the City I call home. Its filthy…no other way of saying it. MCC really need to sort their act out, its simply not good enough.

By Manc Man

@Falconer

What you’re observing there is the general lack of interest that local authorities have in the basics of routine maintenance and upkeep of towns and cities. You see it all the time with dirty road signs, broken pavings, a general lack of care and attention to cleanliness.

An example would be perfectly manicures flower beds in the part of the city where international delegates would visit…but everything behind the scenes just a bit of a shit-show.

By North by North-West

Dec Noncollusion – having worked on a good number of schemes in Manchester (and indeed Liverpool), you’ll find that many contracts have a ‘local sub-contractor’ or ‘local employment’ clause, which are fairly self-explanatory in that the main contractor is required to use local employment. This does happen more than you might think.

By Manc

I totally agree it could be better and a massive improvement is needed in some areas, but I believe the city itself is ranked as one of the cleanest cities in the UK. The wider Greater Manchester region also includes two of the cleanest towns in the UK.

By Anonymous

Just amazed at how much development is continuing and how much more is in the pipeline.

By John

By Anonymous “but I believe the city itself is ranked as one of the cleanest cities in the UK.” If that is true then the country is in serious trouble.

By Manc Man

The amount of hate caused jealousy, by people purporting to be from somewhere else is unbelievable. It shows nothing but an inferiority complex.

By Kiwi Faux

Manchester is doing very well. Accept it.

By Anonymous

Significant amount of residential about to hit the market !!! Interesting to see how Lettings go

By Joe Webb

PNW as always superb insight into the 2nd city ever growing proactive investments and stunning future For Manhcester.

” ZEN” typical antipodean response what you should be saying is thanks to all from these fair Isles who help to develop NZ over many years and for giving me the chance to live in your splendid city. OK we have a few problems but come on “traffic lights changing” comes to mind!

By CBA