Russell WBHO has been named as preferred contractor for a £117m residential tower in Manchester’s Whitworth Street West.
Manchester Tower is being brought forward by a joint venture from Featherfoot Whitworth Street Limited and EGCC Group.
The site, adjacent to the City Road Inn pub and opposite to Axis Tower, was acquired in an £8.75m deal this week from Brigantes by the SPV.
The developer is working with a highly experienced development team comprising Russell WBHO, Jon Matthews Architects, project management by Ikon, Lambert Smith Hampton, and planning consultants, Deloitte. All finance has been arranged by Adapt Finance.
With planning permission already in place, the team is looking to a potential start date in Q2 2022 and completion in Q2 2025.
Dean Hewart of Altrincham-based EGCC Group said: “Plans are well progressed for the development of Manchester Tower on Whitworth Street West. We have development funding in place and securing ownership of the site this week was a key milestone for the joint venture partnership. This is a central prime location site ideal for residential development, providing new homes for the city and an exciting investment opportunity for purchasers.
“We have put together a development team with the pedigree to deliver this ambitious and exciting scheme. We selected Russell WBHO as our preferred construction partner due to the significant experience the team has of building high quality city centre high rise, and we are working with them on the project for a start on site in the first part of next year.”
Manchester Tower is a 35 storey building, housing 327 studio, one and two bedroom apartments and a stunning rooftop restaurant, bar, pavilion and terrace. The 24-hour concierge service will be located in reception within the two storey glazed atrium, while residents will also have access to an onsite gym, private lounge and meeting rooms.
A constrained site close to the junction of two major roads will see the construction team having to contend with limited storage and access, along with the proximity of the train line into Deansgate Station, presenting similar challenges to those at Axis Tower which Russell WBHO completed in 2018.
Gareth Russell, joint managing director of Russell WBHO, added: “We’re pleased to be working closely with the client and the development team on bringing forward Manchester Tower. It’s a site we know very well, having spent three years on the opposite side of the road building Axis, and our team is looking forward to starting work on this fantastic project.”