PAG’s £85m Oxygen tops out

The cluster of three residential towers at Manchester’s Store Street has topped out and main contractor Russell WBHO – previously known as Russells Construction – targets full completion next year.

Oxygen, which is being developed by Manchester-based Property Alliance Group, features three towers of 32, 16 and 10 storeys, linked by two lift shafts and comprising a total of 372 one- and two-bedroom apartments and 12 townhouses that each have their own front garden.

The 379,485 sq ft scheme also features penthouses due to be released for sale in September, as well as resident amenity areas, gardens, retail and leisure facilities and car parking. There is also a 25-metre swimming pool, gym, fitness studio, spa, steam room and sauna, a cinema and social room, and residents’ lounge and reception.

The towers are located in the emerging Piccadilly Basin district in the city centre, close to the Northern Quarter and several employment zones.

The architecture studio Jon Matthews Architects designed the scheme. The wedge-shaped Tower 3 features a tiered allotment for use by residents, while Tower 1 incorporates a double-height retail unit on the ground floor.

Victoria Russell, director at Property Alliance Group, said: “We’re impressed with the construction team’s commitment to keeping the project running throughout these challenging times.

“[Oxygen] is going to be a great, welcoming space for our thriving community to enjoy.”

Gareth Russell, joint managing director of Russell WBHO, added: “Oxygen is an impressive development and our largest residential scheme to date, creating a landmark building at the eastern entrance to the city centre.

“Mitigation of the recent Covid-19-related difficulties has been meticulously managed by our project team and we’re topping out the development as planned.”

Russell WBHO will continue construction of the building envelope until the end of the year before starting a nine-month fit out. Completion is expected before the end of 2021.

The scheme is “an exciting mix of high-quality homes with enviable amenities and a significant amount of outdoor green space for a city centre high-rise”, according to John Crellin, director at Jon Matthews Architects.

“Seeing this building progress is extremely satisfying.”



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