Laing O’Rourke appointed preferred contractor for £160m Salford tower scheme

The proposed Salford development

Developer One Heritage has appointed contractor Laing O’Rourke as its preferred bidder to construct a £160m 55-storey residential tower at Greengate, Salford, overlooking Manchester Arena.

The scheme will be the tallest tower in the city.

The two companies have signed a pre-construction services agreement while they negotiate the details of the construction project.

The scheme, called One Heritage Tower, will comprise 545 apartments, secured underground car parking, a residents’ library and gym, as well as ground floor commercial space and extensive public realm, to include a new riverside walkway.

The project design team has also been instructed to progress to RIBA Stage 4 design.

One Heritage director, Jason Upton, said: “We have undergone a rigorous assessment process to reach this stage and it’s a credit to the development and project management teams for getting us to this key milestone.

“This is a flagship scheme for the North west and it’s fitting that we’re working with a globally-recognised contractor.

“Laing O’Rourke have responded energetically to the challenge and demonstrated their appetite for working alongside us. I look forward to continuing the fantastic momentum on this project.”

Work is expected to start on site in the third quarter of this year, with the scheme targeted for completion in 2024.

Consultant project director, Awais Shahid, from Atzaro Real Estate, says he is delighted with progress to date: “In spite of the problems posed by COVID-19 we’ve remained on target, with no slippage to our programme.

“The project team has worked collaboratively under trying circumstances and we’re pleased to have been able to keep valued members of the professional community in work. Once construction begins there’ll be a further substantial boost to the local economy.”

Shahid revealed that, subject to contract, much of the tower’s components would be pre-fabricated off-site by Laing O’Rourke in sterile factory conditions, making new social distancing guidelines easier to fulfil.

“We’ll also be able to minimise the number of bodies on site as a result, which will make our site work safer,” he added.

Ceire O’Rourke, director of UK clients and markets at Laing O’Rourke, said: “We are delighted to have secured preferred bidder status for One Heritage Tower, a landmark building that will provide quality homes in Salford and wider benefits for the local community.

“We are looking forward to working with the forward-thinking team at One Heritage, who recognise the advantages of our approach based on early engagement between client and contractor.

“The project will maximise the use of digital engineering and off-site manufacture using a kit of parts from our factory in the East Midlands. There is much work ahead, but we’re excited to have the opportunity to deliver this stunning project.”

The principal consultants on the project are OMI Architects, Box Clever Consulting (project management), Crookes Walker Consulting (building services), DP Squared (structural engineering), BB7 (fire engineering), Gardiner & Theobold (quantity surveying) and GIA (wind and rights to light).

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