Forshaw GAS Tower
SimpsonHaugh designed Victoria House

Forshaw and Domis further cement relationship 

Dan Whelan

The developer and contractor are now working together across three schemes in Salford and Manchester with the partnership’s latest venture, the 25-storey Victoria House on Great Ancoats Street, due to begin in September. 

Forshaw Land and Property’s 177-apartment project forms part of the Piccadilly East masterplan and is to be constructed on land currently occupied by Manchester Safe Deposit Centre, which is in the process of relocating to New Cross.

The company’s move will free up the site for Domis – the construction arm of developer Salboy – to start work later this year. 

Speaking to Place North West, Forshaw director Lyndon Forshaw said his firm was in discussions with other developers active within the Piccadilly East regeneration zone, including Capital & Centric and Packaged Living, about drawing up plans for an area of public space. 

Capital & Centric is delivering the 275-bedroom Leonardo Hotel, while Packaged Living recently won approval for its 350-apartment build-to-rent scheme the Castings.

Elsewhere in Greater Manchester, Forshaw drafted Domis in to complete its £12m Waterhouse scheme in Ordsall after previous contractor CPUK collapsed last year, while further up the River Irwell the construction firm has also been selected to build the developer’s Derwent Plaza scheme. 

River Plaza Forshaw Ordsall

Revised plans for Rover Plaza were lodged in November

Forshaw lodged revised plans for the River Plaza project late last year, scaling back previously approved proposals for a 180-apartment project by 50 units.

The Bolton-based developer is delivering the Ordsall schemes alone while it is progressing Victoria House as part of a joint venture with Salboy, an agreement that was inked last October.

A statement from Salboy on the Victoria House joint venture, said: “We have the ability to act quickly bringing the finance, construction skills and sales through Salboy International that will enable the swift delivery of this high-quality residential building.”

Designed by SimpsonHaugh, Victoria House was one of several major developments to be approved by Manchester City Council’s three-person planning panel last summer, set up to decide planning applications during the first Covid-19 lockdown.

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Great to see Piccadilly East making big moves forward. Crusader and Phoenix look great and Leonardo is flying up. With Victoria House about to break ground; and hopefully The Castings and The Fairfax not far behind; this long forgotten patch just north of the station is going to be unrecognisable in a couple of years.

By Matt Pickering

Where are the balconies? Far too many residential blocks being built without any private open air amenity space for apartments. There should be internal balconies – surely there’s a viable way of doing this.

By Mike