Topping out marked at £200m Meadowside developments

The topping out ceremony

Developer Far East Consortium has topped out at The Gate and The Stile residential schemes at its £200m Meadowside development in central Manchester.

The socially distanced event marked the highest point being reached of the 22-storey The Gate and 17-storey The Stile, glass-fronted towers providing a total of 286 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses with concierge, gym, residents’ lounge and terrace overlooking Angel Meadow, the largest park in Manchester city centre.

Due for completion in Autumn 2021, The Gate and The Stile are being delivered on behalf of FEC by Westfields Construction.

The two buildings form a key element of the Meadowside development, which will ultimately provide a total of 756 apartments and townhouses bordering Angel Meadow.

Attending the topping-out ceremony were FEC regional general manager Gavin Taylor, FEC delivery director Nick Whitehouse, Westfields managing director North region Mark Peatfield and Westfields regional project director Robert Todd.

Gavin Taylor said: “Despite all the disruption caused by the pandemic in 2020, we continue to push forward, with the topping out of The Gate and The Stile representing the latest important milestone for our Meadowside scheme, the first major project and residential community being delivered by FEC and its construction partners in in the region.”

James Varley, managing director of Westfields Construction, said: “As we chalk off key milestones and look ahead to project completion, we wish to thank FEC for the opportunity in delivering their landmark scheme at Angel Meadow.

“We are pleased that the relationship between FEC’s team and that of our own goes from strength to strength and look forward to further opportunities with FEC in Manchester.”

The first residential scheme at Meadowside to have been completed is Mount Yard, a 12-storey building offering one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and townhouses, with the scheme due to complete in April 2021.

Meadowside spearheads the Northern Gateway, an investment partnership between FEC and Manchester City Council to deliver more than 15,000 new homes across the North side of the city centre over 15 to 20 years.

Special offers to prospective buyers of properties at The Gate and The Stile include: Help to Buy – providing up to 20% off the cost of a newly-built home, so buyers only require a five per cent deposit and 75% mortgage to make up the rest; and in conjunction with Help To Buy, FEC is ‘giving back’ to NHS and care workers by ‘gifting’ a five per cent deposit contribution towards a new home at MeadowSide.

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