Kier has been named main contractor on a 35-storey tower on Whitworth Street in Manchester by developer Inhabit, and is due to start work on the project by the end of this month.
The site at 10-12 Whitworth Street, opposite Deansgate-Castlefield station and adjacent to the City Road Inn pub, has already been cleared to make way for construction. The tower has been designed by 5plus Architects.
Kier is due to start piling works on the site on 27 November, subject to the approval of planning conditions, marking the start of a two-and-a-half year construction programme. The project has a completion date of 26 May 2020.
Manchester City Council approved the scheme proposed by Brigantes and Duvet Property Management in November 2015, which is made up of 330 apartments, with a bar, library, gym and rooftop garden.
The site has since changed hands and is now owned by private-rented brand Inhabit. The developer also acquired Heap’s Rice Mill in Liverpool from Elliot Group in 2016.
Since the original planning application, a series of design alterations have been approved by the city council, including variations to the building’s façade. The building’s planned basement was also removed “to reduce risk and construction programme”, according to planning documents, while the number of cycle spaces has been increased.
The professional team also includes Deloitte as planner.