Developer Heaton Group has reached the highest point of construction on Bishopsgate Gardens, a 130-apartment scheme in Preston city centre.
Wigan company Heaton has nine live schemes at present – four within the North West – and said that it is nearing completion on two further acquisitions within the region.
Bishopgate Gardens, its flagship project and its fourth in Preston, has topped out six months ahead of schedule. ead of schedule. Heaton said it will be “Preston’s first amenity-focussed residence,” featuring roof gardens, community lounges and independent retailers within the development.
Managing director John Heaton said: “This year has undoubtedly challenged the whole business community but thanks to our dedicated team we have had an unbelievable year.
“With no sign of slowing down, next year will be our biggest to date and we’re looking forward to announcing further development plans in the coming weeks. Our focus is on creating quality developments in high demand areas and building a portfolio we’re proud of.” The company said it has experienced 65% growth in headcount this year, and continues to recruit.
Work started in January on the Ormskirk Road project, which sits on the site of former Government office buildings the Red Rose and Elizabeth House. The scheme was designed by Studio KMA.
Generally, Heaton Group’s policy is to keep projects in-house, including acquiring, designing, building, marketing and renting its properties. The company offers both apartment projects and houses of multiple occupation.
Projects include The Exchange in Preston, and The Bank in Stretford, which has sold out. In May, Heaton completed the Stonecross House 61-apartment project within Bolton’s Church Wharf development area.