Construction commences on New York-style apartment scheme in UK

WCN Editorial Team 16 Jan 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Property Alliance Group has commenced construction on a new apartment scheme near New York Street in Manchester City Centre, Manhattan, UK.

The seven-storey development comprises 42 one- and two-bedroom apartments, all of which have already been sold.

The project has been designed by Cube Architecture in a New York loft style, with each property featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces in a multi-level garden wall.

The seventh floor will accommodate duplex penthouses, which will offer views over King Street and across the city.

The ground floor will include 2,000ft² of retail space.

Property Alliance Group Manhattan project manager Will Clarke said: “We’re replacing a 1970’s office block with luxury apartments offering residents high-spec finishes, a full concierge service and private terraces plus all of Manchester’s amenities right on their doorstep.

“Located directly opposite Chinatown, the scheme has a unique position in the city centre and been designed to offer a boutique feel.”

Russells Construction of Manchester has been appointed main contractor for the project.

The team has already demolished most of the 1970’s Devonshire House office block, and completed enabling works and foundations and construction of the steel frame has begun.

As part of the project, the front façade and part of the original five-storey building will be retained and enhanced, with slim profile window frames, Juliet balconies with glass balustrades to the front and full balconies at the rear.

The red brick will be tinted blue to lend an industrial feel, while a two-storey extension will be completed in glass and copper panels, creating a new New York-look for the building.

Russells Construction director Andrew Russell said: “The design for Manhattan is fantastic, this project will totally transform the site and create an attractive modern apartment development.

“It’s another fairly complex scheme here in Manchester, with the retention of the façade, the tight footprint and limited accessibility all throwing up challenges.

“But, as most of our work over the last decade has been in the city centre, we’ve got all of the systems and processes in place to work around these constraints to consistently deliver projects on time and on budget for our clients.”

Manhattan is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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Image: Construction commences on New York-style apartment scheme in UK. Photo: Courtesy of Property Alliance Group Ltd.

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