The project was designed by Sheppard Robson

Vinci confirmed for £250m New Victoria

Dan Whelan

The contractor has been selected to build Muse Developments’ mixed-use project off Corporation Street in Manchester, while planner Deloitte applied for further tweaks to the consent to allow for a start on site.

The scheme, next to Manchester Victoria station in the city centre and designed by architecture firm Sheppard Robson, comprises more than 500 flats and 100,000 sq ft of offices across two blocks of 20 and 25 storeys, respectively, as well as an additional seven-storey office.

A ‘pre-commencement condition’ needed for a contractor to start on site was discharged last month, while Deloitte also submitted an application to the council applying for other minor tweaks to the plans, including the addition of photovoltaic panels to the roof.

Vinci had been in talks with Muse for more than two years, as reported by Place North West in May 2019.

The company is now working on the project as main contractor, according to the latest documents from Deloitte submitted to Manchester City Council this month.

Deloitte said in the documents: “Muse Developments has appointed a reputable contractor, Vinci, to construct the three buildings.”

As part of the planning process, Vinci has “inputted into the detailed construction design processes to ensure the buildings are deliverable”, the documents added.

Planning consent was granted in September 2016. Muse had initially set a start-on-site date of the fourth quarter of 2017, but this has since been pushed this back. A start date was not confirmed in the latest documents.

As part of Deloitte’s latest letter to the council, the planner confirmed that the pre-commencement conditions had been met.

The professional team also includes Walker Sime, Arup, Chroma Consulting and Planit-IE.

Vinci and Muse declined to comment.

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Not sure I would be able to ‘socially distance’ in a 25 storey 100,000 sq.ft. office tower.

By Mr Wuhan

Im usually very positive about what goes up in GM but these are absolute garbage. Ive noticed that they always use the same image above to promote it, the one where you can hardly see the development as its being blocked by the office that if I am right in thinking isn’t even being built in the first phase.

By Bob

Why isn’t this site being saved for station expansion?

By Anonymous

Yellow is never a good colour in a cold, damp climate. The back looks like that storage warehouse at Castlefield. The front looks decent.

By Elephant

It’s a very cool scheme – I would live there as a young millennial. Amazing for the economy & for the scheme to go ahead especially when the covid would affect construction works in the city centre. A fantastic opportunity for the people of Manchester who can’t afford their own home – hopefully with some equally c-19 compliant spaces and social spaces.

By V

@Mr Wuhan, and why would you need to social distance when this tower is finished? It’s an easy question. It’s not rocket science.

By EOD

I think the designs look great. Still not convinced it’s going to happen though! We shall see.

By Steve

The office element facing the tram lines looks promising, but those two blocks would have looked dated had they been proposed 30 years ago – I thought Manchester was trying to rid the city of it’s “Arndale yellow” history?

By SF85UK

V – what is a ‘young millennial’ ? – millennials are mid-20s to late 30s.

By Sten

@V is that V for Vinci? There are numerous cool schemes for young millennials going up in Manchester. This am afraid ain’t one. Anyone with anything good to say about this should look at the planning docs for the view coming down the ring road from Rochdale road. Truly horrific.

By Bob

How schemes like this fly through planning whilst ones like High Street struggle in Manchester never fails to amaze me. Where are our anti development councillors when you actually need them?

By Anonymous