Northern reaches top of Ice Plant

Manchester-based developer Northern Group will next week formally top out on a £12m residential scheme in Ancoats that will wrap new buildings around a renovated former ice cream warehouse.

The development overlooks the new Cutting Room Square and the former St Peter's Church and was funded partly by the North West Development Agency and Homes & Communities Agency.

The Ice Plant will house 82 apartments including five penthouses. There will be five ground level retail or commercial units.

The warehouse façade will be restored and three new blocks, including an eight-storey tower on the site of the old ice factory, will be built around a central glass atrium comprise the rest of the scheme.

Northern Group, based in Ancoats, completed the 136-apartment Flint Glass Wharf near the Ice Plant earlier this year.

Nathan Ezair, director at Northern Group, said: "We are striving to create the highest specification apartments in Manchester. It is the attention to detail that counts and we want to be associated with the quality living that this scheme will deliver.

"The Ice Plant has a great history and we are thrilled to be bringing it into an exciting new era and helping Ancoats regain its neighbourhood feel."

Ice Plant is due for completion in March 2011. Topping out is the part of the construction process when the highest point of the building structure has been reached.

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