Carrington Gateway Himor May 2018
Eric Wright completed Carrington Gateway last year. Credit: via planning documents

Eric Wright beats two to first phase of Future Carrington

Charlie Schouten

Himor is understood to have chosen Eric Wright ahead of two other contractors to deliver Carrington Gateway, the first industrial development in its 1m sq ft Future Carrington scheme.

The Bamber Bridge-based contractor has been recommended to Himor’s board as the preferred contractor for the project, ahead of rival bidders Seddon and Caddick. Place North West first revealed the shortlist for the scheme in November last year.

Carrington Gateway features 220,000 sq ft of industrial space, including six units ranging from 104,000 sq ft to 11,000 sq ft, fronting Manchester Road and designed by architect AEW.

It is understood Eric Wright will start work in the first quarter of this year, with enabling works currently ongoing, carried out by Simon Carves Engineering.

The wider Future Carrington site, formerly home to the Shell petrochemical works and dubbed by Himor as one of the largest regeneration projects of its type in the country, features a further 725 homes, more than 750,000 sq ft of commercial space, and 10,000 sq ft of retail.

Housebuilder Wainhomes received the go-ahead from Trafford Council last December to build the first 277 homes at Carrington Village, ranging from one to four beds. Work is due to get under way in the coming weeks and it is expected the first homes will be completed in late 2019.

Most of the site lies south of Manchester Road, between the main road and the private road extending east-west through the Shell site known as the A1 road. Ackers Lane forms the boundary to the site’s east while to the west the site adjoins housing on School Lane.

Himor’s plans for the area were last year subject to a legal battle with rival developer Peel, which called for a judicial review into the planning consent. Peel’s concerns centred around its belief that Himor should contribute to the Western Gateway Improvement Scheme, but its appeal against Trafford Council was dismissed by the High Court.

Himor said commercial negotiations were “still ongoing” when contacted by Place. Eric Wright Group declined to comment.

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