Design for Allied London's vertical villages

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff lands high-rise jobs

The Manchester offices of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff have been appointed to provide engineering services on two new landmark schemes in Manchester city centre, the ‘vertical village’ for Allied London at St John’s and the redevelopment of Astley House and Byrom House on Quay Street into 270,000 sq ft of offices on 14 floors.

The 597-strong team – 192 employed at WSP in Salford Quays and 405 at Parsons Brinckerhoff in Oxford Road – has been appointed to bring engineering consultancy to the first phase of Allied London’s planned ‘vertical village’, situated on land formerly part of the ITV estate. Part of Allied London’s new St John’s neighbourhood, the scheme will contain 1,200 homes in six interconnecting towers across two sites and incorporate cycle sheds, shops and restaurants fronting the river, with potential for medical and education facilities, as well as office space.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is supplying a range of services including civil and structural engineering, building services, façade engineering, vertical transportation, geotechnical and fire assessments for the first phase of the scheme – which includes two interconnected 50 storey and 35 storey towers. The team has worked closely with architects Child Graddon Lewis on the detailed planning application which will be submitted in August.

The WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Manchester team also helped achieve planning this month for the redevelopment of Astley House and Byrom House on Quay Street into a 270,000 sq ft office space. The new scheme, from West Midlands Pension Fund, advised by CBRE Global Investors and designed by Stride Treglown, will be divided into three blocks which range from 14 storeys to six storeys and include a restaurant and café unit. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is providing a range of services including structural engineering, site investigation and environmental impact assessments.

Peter Lloyd, senior technical director of building structures at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, said: “These project wins are a great achievement for the team and a chance for us to showcase our high rise credentials in the North West where, for a number of years throughout the recession, the market has lain low. It is pleasing to see these kinds of ambitious designs both being submitted, and achieving planning, and we’re look forward to cementing our reputation as the leading specialists in high-rise developments in the region. It is a great opportunity for us to utilise the skills that our team has employed on projects nationally and internationally, on home soil.”

WSP acquired Parson Brinckerhoff in October 2014 to create a global group with combined revenue of $4.8bn. The consultancy is currently working on a number of high profile schemes across the North West including Omega, Bridge Street regeneration scheme in Warrington and the Stockport station masterplan which is due to be submitted later this month.

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