Posted on: 24 February 2020

The building projects coming to the North’s biggest city

As part of our Building Cities blog series, we take a closer look at some of the UK’s biggest cities and their high profile construction projects.

Manchester has been growing at a rapid rate since around the 19th century, especially during the UK’s Industrial Revolution. Manchester’s redevelopment in the 21st century led to it being the host of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, bringing more infrastructure to the area.

Manchester is now one of the most populated cities in the UK, second only to London, which has created the need for new developments in housing and office space, amongst other facilities. We have highlighted some of the infrastructure currently being built in Manchester.

Manchester’s construction projects

The Factory

A project that we identified in our Northern Powerhouse article, The Factory will be a new art and theatre complex that is estimated to bring 850,000 visitors to the area every year.

Currently being built on the site of the old Granada Studios, the complex is set to open in 2021 with a 1,500 capacity theatre and a 5,000 capacity warehouse.

As of December 2019, the site has reached a major construction milestone as the 125 tonne steel truss has been installed, forming a major part of the auditorium.

The Tower of Light

Manchester has plans in place to become a carbon-neutral city by 2038, and one of the construction projects that will assist in this plan is the Tower of Light.

A site is currently being prepared at the Manchester Central Convention Complex for the 40-metre tower, which will be a low-carbon generator for heat and power.

Manchester Town Hall, Central Library, Bridgewater Hall and Heron House will be amongst the first buildings to be attached to the low carbon scheme.

Great Northern Warehouse

The Great Northern Warehouse is a Grade 2 listed building and was last refurbished in 1999, over two decades ago, where most of the land was turned into a car park.

However new plans will see the area undergo a complete redevelopment, with restaurants, a gym and over 100 apartments being added on top of the current site which holds a casino, bowling alley and restaurants.

St Michael’s

Manchester’s ever-growing skyline will soon be dominated by the new St Michael’s tower, which will stand at 134 metres, containing apartments, offices, a garden roof and even a new synagogue. The project will revamp the Jackson Row and Bootle Street areas.

The project faced some obstacles early on, as many criticised how the building would damage the historical site which was in a Conservation area, home to Grade 1 and Grade 2 listed buildings. Plans look to start in 2020.

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The construction industry will become more interesting and exciting in the coming years with major investments in UK infrastructure up and down the country. However, the industry also carries risk which is why it’s essential to consider insurance.

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