Facelift for City South towers

Architects 2e and construction firm Wates have started a £7m refurbishment of four residential towers on the outskirts of Manchester city centre for City South Manchester Housing Trust.

The recladding, landscaping and general refurbishment of the towers at the junction of Chester Road and the Mancunian Way are due to be completed later this year. Four further buildings will then be refurbished, pending public consultation.

The flats in Ledburn, Thomas and Westcott Courts are being enclosed in chocolate coloured terracotta to three fascias and a rust proof metal cladding to the aspect facing Chorlton Road in Hulme. St Georges, the fourth block undergoing a facelift, has a slightly smaller foot print and is being fitted with rose coloured terracotta cladding to all four sides.

Kim Ebling, director of 2e, said: "City South Manchester's objective was to complement neighbouring developments and reinvigorate tower living so we had to make sure that what we put in place not only blends with the existing environment, but enhances it."

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