The contractor has reached a construction milestone on the 16-storey hotel and car park, part of Manchester’s wider Circle Square development.
The superstructure of the building, which houses a 1,014-space car park on the first nine floors, and a 158-bedroom hotel on floors nine to 15, is now complete. Russells started the build in May 2018 and is set to hand over the scheme in September 2020.
The car park is nearing completion with its internal structures now built and the brick exterior cladding is now taking shape. The aluminium cladding for the hotel will be installed in November, with Russells delivering a full turnkey service, including decoration and internal fixtures.
The building was designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Leach Rhodes Walker the delivery architect. The building secured a £45m funding deal with Aviva Investors in March this year; the hotel and car park have been let at initial terms of 25 years and 35 years respectively.
Circle Square, the £750m joint venture between Bruntwood SciTech and Vita Group, is set to include around 1.2m sq ft of offices and 1,700 homes.
Gareth Russell, director of Russells Construction, said: “The project is on programme as planned and it is fantastic to see the building starting to take shape. This has to be one of the most visually unique buildings we have ever worked on and, now the structure is complete, we’ll start installing the aluminium cladding on the hotel section which really will make this one of the most eye-catching buildings in the city.”