Ocon completes Piccadilly Gate

Ocon Construction has announced the £27m Piccadilly Gate office refurbishment has been delivered on time and to budget, following a 21-month programme.

Located on a prime site adjacent to Manchester's Piccadilly railway station, the former Rail House office block was redeveloped by BRB Residuary to create an office building for several Government offices including The Highways Agency and the Training and Development Agency for Schools.

As well as an entrance directly onto the station, Ocon claims the ten-storey office features Manchester's largest escalator.

The construction firm said it overcame numerous challenges, including asbestos removal, electrified railway lines adjacent to the site and a sitting tenant occupying the building throughout the project to complete on time and without disruption to rail passengers.

Andrew Barker, managing director of Ocon, said: "This is a landmark scheme for Manchester and we are proud to have completed such a showpiece commercial development in our home city. Our success in delivering this scheme to such a high standard in such a short time frame demonstrates Ocon's ability to tackle large scale projects beyond the student accommodation sector where we are traditionally very strong and Piccadilly Gate marks a strategic turning point for the firm as we expand into new sectors and new geographical areas."

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