M018 Bengal Street
The Ancoats scheme will provide 75 apartments as well as two floors of office space

Work starts on Kompany-backed Ancoats apartments

Dan Whelan

Contractor JRL has arrived on site to undertake enabling works for the 75-apartment development being brought forward by M4nchester Two, an SPV formed by ex-Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and Northern Group’s Nathan Ezair. 

Northern is a long-term stakeholder in Ancoats and has delivered projects such as Ice Plant and Jactin House.

This nine-storey block was approved in June 2019, overcoming objections from Historic England to the scale of the development, and will provide 23 one-bed, 47 two-bed, and five three-bed apartments on the upper floors with 24,000 sq ft for offices on the ground and first.

The Mecanoo-designed building will sit on a plot bounded by Bengal Street, Primrose Street, Radium Street and Silk Street.

The site was formerly occupied by an electrical works factory, which was demolished by enabling works contractor Rhodar, and was previously home to Unity Radio before it relocated to Media City in 2017.

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Contractor Artez had been lined up but it is understood that this is no longer the case and that, once groundworks are complete, the developer will look to appoint another contractor. MAC Construction Consultants is quantity surveyor overseeing the groundworks being carried out by JRL.

Falconer Chester Hall is project architect with Hydrock carrying out civil engineering and structural work.

Alex Laycock, director of MAC Construction Consultants, said: “Thanks to the hard work of the wider professional team, work is now underway on the formerly disused site at Bengal Street.”

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I sympathise with FCH having to make sense of Mecanoo’s take on buildability in design.

By Dave McCall

You think that is difficult to build?
How mediocre are architects in the north-west?

By Brian

Fed up with all the eradication of Ancoats history. It’s barely recognisable anymore. Glad of new food and restaurants but flats completely destroying all heritage

By Ann McCallum

Ann McCallum all of these flats have been built on what was previously wasteland. I don’t understand why people are rose-tinted about the Ancoats of years gone by, it was a wasteland of derelict sites with a crumbling beautiful old church in the middle. Tdoay’s Ancoats is far better. Swear some people just used to walk around Manchester with rose-tinted glasses in the 80s and 90s.

By Anonymous

Hi Brian. We don’t know who you are, so don’t know what your level of expertise is and how qualified you are to comment.

By Dave McCall