The 29-storey Axis Tower, one of Manchester’s most complex building projects, has reached its highest point, the Topping Out.
Clearly seen in new images released by the project team – contractor Russells Construction, developer Property Alliance Group and Jon Matthews in association with 5plus architects– the concrete structure and external envelope is complete, save for the hoist position which will be complete following its removal early next year.
The recess for the 10-storey media screen has also been created, with installation of the screen nearing completion.
An official ceremony held this week saw members of the project team celebrated and thanked as part of the centuries-old builders’ rite. [READ MORE]
When complete, Axis Tower will house 170 one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments and two three-bedroom penthouses, all with stunning views over the city and access to a 24-hour concierge service. Sales have already reached 75%, exceeding all expectations.
Dylan Williams, development director at Alliance, said: “Topping out is a significant milestone in the construction of any building and marks the first opportunity for people to really appreciate the true scale and presence of the new building.
“This is a really complex build and so this moment is also a chance for the team to take stock of what has been achieved and say well done to the guys on the ground.
“We’re incredibly pleased with the project so far, the skill of the delivery team is evident, and we’re delighted the project is being used to educate and inspire the next generation. There’s still many months’ work left, but it’s already clear what a fantastic statement this building will be when complete.”
Architect Jon Matthews said: “Axis has been 16 years from inception to completion and the building is testament to David Russell’s personal and financial commitment to the project and to its design integrity.
“A true force of nature, most others would have walked away through the bad times but David didn’t – so this is a truly significant moment. Buildings like this come along maybe once or twice in a career and I personally, and all the team, are immensely proud to be involved.”
Engineering support was provided by WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff. Alliance Investments is managing the sales of the apartments. For more go to www.axistower.com