Global property group Lendlease has said that work will start imminently on the final phase of 191 flats in Manchester’s Castlefield, having previously aimed for a start in the first quarter of this year.
Lendlease completed the first two blocks on Potato Wharf in the historic canal basin in 2014, comprising 102 one and two-bed apartments, which sold for between £125,000 and £200,000.
The progress of two further blocks have taken longer to reach fruition, with a 2015 planning application being replaced by one in February 2017, amended further that December.
Since that time, further changes have been made, with the apartments once again to be sold privately rather than developed for the private rented sector. Lendlease had said in late 2018 that it would start work in the first quarter of this year. The design by Weedon Architects follows the template of the earlier buildings.
Justin Davies, head of residential for Lendlease Europe, said: “Potato Wharf is a fantastic place to live and we are very proud to be part of the community. Given the popularity of the first phase of the development I am confident that our new homes will also be very well received.”
Works planned for the coming months include the replacement of hoardings and the beginning of piling works. The first new properties are expected to be available for residents to move into by late 2021.
At the start of this year, Lendlease secured the keenly-contested contract to lead on the refurbishment and partial restoration of Manchester’s grade one-listed Town Hall.