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The 545-unit scheme has undergone design refinements over the past year

Salford’s tallest tower delayed

Sarah Townsend

One Heritage Group, which listed on the London Stock Exchange last month, has set out revised timeframes for three of its schemes, including the 55-storey tower at Greengate, a co-living property in Burnley and apartments in Oldham.

The projects are “subject to revised timetables due to the fast-changing backdrop of the UK economy relating to Covid-19 and the various tiered system measures leading to a third full UK lockdown,” the developer said in a trading update.

Construction of the 545-unit residential tower at Waterloo Place at Salford’s Greengate, which won planning approval last January, was due to start last year with a targeted completion date of 2023/24.

However, the developer now anticipates a start on site in the first quarter of this year, according to the stock exchange filing. Construction is expected to take four years.

The project is understood to have undergone design refinements over the past year to improve the scheme and its overall aesthetics. As well as 545 one-, two- and three-bedrooms apartments, duplexes and penthouses, the tower is set to contain amenity space for residents including a lounge, private dining, rooftop garden, pavilion, gym and library.

OMI Architects designed the tower and Box Clever Consulting is the project manager. In a separate statement on its company website, One Heritage said it was exploring “exit options including a forward funding deal with institutional funds”. The directors estimate that the gross development value of the completed scheme will be approximately £160m, that statement added.

One Heritage also hopes to redevelop the former Oldham Court House on New Radcliff Street, Oldham, into 43 apartments and had expected to win planning permission for the scheme at the same time as the original 2020 start on site for Waterloo Place.

It now expects to win planning consent for Oldham County Court in the next three months, according to the stock exchange filing.

Meanwhile, the developer’s conversion of 5-9 Nicholas Street in Burnley into a 13-room co-living scheme was due to complete by the end of last year and then be marketed for sale once occupied.

It is now expected that the refurbishment will complete and the property be fully occupied in this current quarter of 2021 and the property will be marketed for sale thereafter.

One Heritage chief executive Jason Upton said: “We have been operating within a challenging environment including a new national lockdown, but continue to experience strong demand for our properties, especially from overseas buyers.

“We have seen no sign of demand slowing in 2021 and expect to have a strong year for property sales and reservations.”

 

 

 

 

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Is it not strange that it has been delayed when construction can still carry on in the lockdown? Does anyone know if this is a serious proposal that is likely to get built by the current developer?

By Bob

Never going to work – just won’t stack up in this market?

By The Old Faithful

Well you say that, but a 55 storey tower has just started construction next door

By Dave

Hope it does go ahead . One of the better tower designs the city centre .

By Cityscape

It looks ok but the bottom few storeys are really mediocre. I would question the desirability of such a product. Greengate is a mess and this is right next to a ringroad.

By Observer

We were honoured to work as operator consultant on this project. The professionalism, speed and diligence from the whole team was impressive (our role started on the day of the first lockdown). These delays are inevitable in this strange world as its as much to do with confidence as it is with the physical and practical tasks on getting this community built. Anyone operating a business this quarter will know how challenging it is. If it was me, I would wait until April/May when everything will become safer and easier. We should be blessed our city can attract the ambition to build such leading real estate and I can’t wait to see OHT on our sky line in a few years time

By Michael Howard urbanbubble

Terrific design .Will be a great asset to this area of the city . I’ve no doubt it will go ahead later in the year.

By James

@Observer your comment does not make any sense at all. Greengate is a residential area within the city centre, literally perfect for such development. I don’t think developers will care about the proximity to ring road, you need to stop living under a rock. Bottom few storeys are certainly not mediocre, it’s a well designed building, possibly the best in Manchester as it stands out against simple, square towers.

By Michael

I can still see this one going ahead despite the strange times we are going through and it will be be an amazing addition to Greengate. It should also help balance the cluster of tall’s going up on the other side of the city center especially when the Blade and the Cylinder are added.

By Nve

Brilliant thank you everyone for your feedback. Looking forward to seeing this one rise.

By Bob

Greengate as a whole starting to look good now and this tower would be a striking addition to the area. It’s in a great location too close to both New Bailey and to Spinningfields .

By wiganwarrior