Developer Manchester Life has chosen Eric Wright Construction as main contractor for Vesta Street, its seventh project in the Ancoats and New Islington area.
The 171-home scheme, designed by Rafael Vinoly, sits on a site between Old Mill Street and the Ashton Canal which currently houses a surface car park.
The mixed seven, eight, and nine-storey building will offer homes for private sale. These include 54 one-bed apartments, 98 two-bed apartments, eight three-bed apartments, five three-bed duplexes, three four-bedroom duplexes, and three four-bed townhouses.
Plans for the project were submitted in April, and approved by Manchester City Council in June.
Alongside Vesta, Manchester Life has two more projects in the pipeline: New Little Mill, which will offer 68 apartments for sale, and Lampwick, which includes 213 homes for private rent. Lampwick received a £25m loan from the Greater Manchester Housing Investment Loans Fund earlier this month.
Manchester Life, a joint venture between the council and Manchester City FC owner Abu Dhabi United Group, has so far chosen from a group of three contractors to build its schemes – Eric Wright, Graham, and John Sisk & Son.
All three are currently on site across six other projects in the Ancoats and New Islington areas.
Graham is on site at Murrays’ Mills, a 123-bedroom mill restoration project, which will complete in Q2 2018, while the contractor has also been signed up to build Weavers Quay, a 201-home rental development.
Eric Wright is also building Sawmill Court, a 158-unit build-to-rent scheme. John Sisk is currently on site at Cotton Field Wharf on New Union Street, which offers 302 apartments.