Chinese builder lands role on Manchester’s MeadowSide development

Hong Kong-based developer Far East Consortium has picked a Chinese state-owned construction company to join UK builders for the first phase of its £200m MeadowSide residential development, featuring hundreds of new apartments in north-central Manchester.

China Zhejiang Construction Group Hong Kong will partner with Hertfordshire-based contractor Westfields to build two adjacent towers on Aspin Lane. Manchester’s Bardsley Construction will build a third tower on the site.

The adjacent towers will contain 286 apartments between them. One, called The Gate, will be 22 storeys high and the other, The Stile, is 17 storeys, reports Construction Manager.

Both buildings will feature glass facades and include new public realm and commercial units at ground floor level. Construction is due to start this month and complete in spring 2021.

China Zhejiang Construction Group Hong Kong is a subsidiary of Zhejiang Construction Investment Group Corporation, the largest state-owned construction enterprise in Zhejiang Province, according its website.

A third building of the MeadowSide development will be constructed by Manchester’s Bardsley Construction. This building, called Mount Yard, will be a 12-storey building offering 136 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and townhouses, with brick facade to complement neighbouring buildings.

MeadowSide, which borders Angel Meadow, part of the 20-acre NOMA neighbourhood north of Manchester city centre, is ultimately expected to provide 756 homes in four buildings, with the fourth, the Peak, reaching 41 storeys.

Gavin Taylor, regional general manager at FEC, said: "MeadowSide is the first step towards the ground-breaking regeneration of the Northern Gateway breathing new life into the biggest green space in central Manchester.

"Our contractors have been chosen for their ability to deliver pioneering schemes and together we will create an exciting new residential community for Manchester."

James Varley, managing director at Westfields Construction, and Kevin Chun, UK representative of China Zhejiang Construction Group (HK), added: "These contemporary buildings will change the skyline of Manchester forever. This is our first flagship scheme out of the South of the UK and Hong Kong; it represents the gateway to us building in the North West."

Photograph: Developer Far East Consortium’s render of The Gate and The Stile residential towers, to feature on its MeadowSide development in Manchester

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