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CR Construction UK will build FEC's Victoria Riverside. Credit: via Citypress

FEC appoints CR Construction to Victoria Riverside

Julia Hatmaker

This marks the second project with Far East Consortium for the China-owned company, which built the Gate and the Stile towers at FEC’s Meadowside development.

CR Construction (UK) will build the three waterfront residential towers planned for the Manchester neighbourhood, including the 37-storey Crown View. The other towers are the 26-storey Park View and 18-storey City View.

The apartments in the towers will overlook a new 113-acre park, plans for which are currently open to public consultation.

“We are delighted to have been appointed as the preferred contractor to deliver FEC’s Victoria Riverside development, as we look to further grow our portfolio in Manchester,” said CRUK managing director Mark Peatfield.

FEC commercial director Anthony Payne said the developer was “hugely excited” to begin work on Victoria North.

“CR Construction’s experience and 50-strong local team will no doubt stand us in good stead for the delivery of this complex project at the heart of a fast-emerging neighbourhood,” Payne said.

CRUK is a wholly owned subsidiary of state-owned corporation China Zhejiang Construction Group (H.K).

Elsewhere in Manchester, CRUK has entered into several PCSA Agreements with De Trafford Estates, including for the 13-storey Phoenix Works, Gallery Gardens, and No1 Castlefield.

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Where are the balconies? People do not want to be cooped up with only an openable vent for relief from the confines of their flat. Not good enough from FEC.

By Balcony watch

Great news to get this one going! Lovely looking project. Think I read somewhere that the brick parts have proper balconies but too windy up in the towers. Think there are some shared landscaped courtyard areas instead.

By David P.

I think trying to eat your breakfast on a balcony at 37 stories in Manchester weather may be a slightly challenging requirement

By WindyMcWindface

I agree it needs balconies. Mediocre design. Manchester must do better than this if it hopes to compete with cities such as Milan or Munich.

By Anonymous

@windy Balconies can be semi-enclosed. Also, people generally have the capacity to judge the weather in terms of whether it is suitable to eat outside on a given day.

By Balcony watch