The developer behind a delayed mixed-use scheme in Manchester city centre has said that construction will begin in the autumn, once a deal is agreed with its preferred contractor.
Urban & Civic’s scheme on the corner of Whitworth Street and Princess Street was granted planning permission in January, for 240 flats and a hotel designed by SimpsonHaugh.
Construction was due to begin in spring this year, but there has been no activity on site as yet.
However, Philip Leech, property director at Urban & Civic, confirmed to Place North West that the scheme would be under construction in autumn. He said that the programme had slipped due to design development, and negotiations over build costs. A contractor has been chosen and is due to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Leech said that the project would be built according to the designs approved by the council.
The proposals were brought forward following the sale of the one-acre former Origin site to Urban & Civic in 2014, part of a portfolio previously owned by developer Donal Mulryan’s company West Properties.
The two residential buildings will be 12-storeys and 15-storeys high. The hotel will include ground floor commercial uses, a restaurant and café, and public realm.
The development manager for the scheme, Andy Lavin, recently left Urban & Civic for Property Alliance Group. However according to Leech, the developer is recruiting more staff in Manchester.
Urban & Civic is also on the shortlist for the £500m Mayfield regeneration project near to Manchester’s Piccadilly station, alongside U+I, and a consortium made up of Ask Real Estate, Carillion and Patrizia. An announcement on the preferred developer is due to be made in September.