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DeTrafford kicks off £20m second phase of St George’s Gardens

Developer DeTrafford has bolstered its in-house construction arm with hires from Carillion and Select Property Group as it prepares to start on site on the £20m second phase of St George’s Gardens in Castlefield, Manchester.

The developer is preparing to start on site at St George’s Gardens using its newly-formed in-house contractor, DeTrafford Construction, which was launched at the start of the year.

The 11-storey block, designed by Ollier Smurthwaite Architects, forms phase two of the wider St George’s Gardens development and includes 79 apartments, with 26 one-beds and 53 two-beds. Plans were approved for the scheme in March this year.

DeTrafford is now planning to start on site in the coming weeks through its construction arm and has added staff from Carillion in recent months to help with project delivery: design manager Jon Gaskell, and project manager Sean Croft.

The latest block at St George’s Gardens will adjoin to the first phase of the development, which also reaches 11 storeys in height and features 59 apartments.

Previous blocks, including City Gardens, the Roof Gardens, and the Sky Gardens, have had Pochin’s attached as main contractor. The company broke ground on City Gardens in August last year, and will deliver 109 apartments at the Ollier Smurthwaite-designed block.

As well as its hires from Carillion, DeTrafford has also added Peter Mercer to its team in recent months, who has joined from Select Property Group as design manager. Previous roles Mercer has held include a senior project architect at Fletcher Rae and a role with Ryder Architecture.

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