Contractor Sisk has started a two-year build programme on Lampwick, a 213-home scheme in New Islington designed by architect CallisonRTKL.
The mixed 10, five and six-storey blocks will be built on a cleared site next to the Ancoats Dispensary, and formerly home to Ancoats Hospital, demolished in the mid-2000s.
Developed by Manchester Life, a partnership between Manchester City Council and Manchester City FC owners Abu Dhabi United Group, Lampwick includes 209 apartments and four duplex homes, along with four commercial units at ground floor level.
The homes will be for private rent and residential amenities include a gym and juice bar. All three blocks will be set around a central courtyard. Manchester Life secured a £24.5m loan from the Greater Manchester Housing Investment Loans Fund for the scheme in November 2017.
Sisk is set to hand over the project in September 2021.
It is the latest scheme by Manchester Life to come forward in the area, with works well under way at New Little Mill, a 68-apartment scheme including a mix of façade retention and new-build.
Sisk is one of three contractors involved with Manchester Life, the others being Eric Wright and Graham. The latter of these completed Weavers Quay, a 201-apartment build-to-rent scheme nearby, last month.
Another project being delivered by Graham for Manchester Life, Murrays Mills, is still yet to fully complete with the scheme running significantly behind its September 2018 completion date.