Regent Plaza work to restart this month
Construction of Sourced Development Group’s 525-apartment scheme on Regent Road in Salford is expected to recommence on 15 June, after the site closed in March due to the coronavirus lockdown.
The phased scheme, designed by Fletcher Rae Architects, comprises five blocks with a central garden. Block A is to 24-storeys high, Block B is 10 storeys, C is seven storeys, D is 16 storeys and E is four storeys, under the proposals.
The main contractor, Helix Contracting, will return to the site this month to complete groundworks on Block B, which are 50% complete. The building’s steel frame is expected to be delivered by early July, according to the developer.
The works to be carried out initially include exposing the remaining piles, construction of reinforced ground beams and pilecaps, as well as installation of manholes, surface water pipes, foul water pipes and other drainage tasks.
Groundworks are expected to be complete by 7 August, and steelwork will commence on the frame on 10 August.
A statement from Sourced Development said: “Following the UK government guidelines due to Covid-19, [we] closed the Regent Plaza site on 24 March 2020.
“Having revised risk assessments and method statements [and completed] a two-week assessment period on- and off-site, Helix is satisfied that the supply chains can be put in to place and social distancing measures implemented along with enhanced hygiene guidelines. Helix will now return to site on 15 June 2020.”
The steelwork programme will run for approximately 12 weeks, the statement added, with the decking and concreting starting after week eight. “This will in turn ensure Block B has a strong visual impact on the ingress onto Manchester along the major thoroughfare that is Regent Road.”
Sourced Development purchased the site on Regent Road last July. Mount Property Group originally had an option to buy the site, but it expired and the sale never progressed.
Meanwhile, at the beginning of March, talks between Sourced and its original preferred contractor Barton Project Management broke down, leading to the contractor exiting the scheme and Helix taking up the job.
Global Residential is the sales agent for Regent Plaza.