The construction cranes are soon to rise on what will be the tallest buildings ever built in the United Kingdom outside London, the Owen Street development in Manchester.
The housing-led scheme which consists of some 1,494 new apartments features a quartet of towers with heights of 200.5 metres, 158 metres, 140 metres, and 122 metres with 64, 50, 44, and 37 floors respectively.
Developed by Renaker Build, the scheme has been a decade in gestation in various forms with the final designs by Simpson Haugh surfacing in late 2015.
So far the scheme has seen the construction of the foundations and the beginning of basement work with tower A expected to have the bearing pad and basement slab plus drainage constructed by Christmas and tower D, the shortest, the most advanced being already at that stage.
Towers D should see the structure start to rise over a period of 12 months with its completion in January 2018 whilst Tower A will see an 18 month build period for the structure due to the increase number of floors with completion by July 2018.
It goes without saying that for a scheme of this size in a city like Manchester, the work will be phased, in this case with towers B and C to rise later. The published schedule of the development sees work set to complete in January 2021 if all goes to plan working out at an average of just over one floor per week excluding piling.