Developer Far East Consortium International Limited (FEC) has topped out at Mount Yard, the 12-storey scheme of apartments and townhouses at the £200m MeadowSide residential scheme in central Manchester.
FEC chairman and chief executive David Chiu attended the ceremony to mark the highest point of the building, which overlooks Angel Meadow, the largest park in Manchester city centre.
Mr Chiu said: “The topping out at Mount Yard is an important milestone for the MeadowSide scheme and for FEC, with this being our first project to be delivered in Manchester. I have been really encouraged with the progress on site since my last visit, and the steady progress being made with sales and in particular, since we were able to introduce Help to Buy.”
The MeadowSide location spearheads the Northern Gateway, an investment partnership between FEC and Manchester City Council to deliver over 15,000 new homes across the north side of the city centre over 20 years.
FEC has invested over £30m to date and has secured a five-year development pipeline of circa 3,800 homes across the Northern Gateway. Earlier this year, it acquired 20 acres of land north east of Victoria rail and Metrolink station.
The acquisition follows the approval by Manchester City Council (MCC) of the Strategic Regeneration Framework for the Northern Gateway in February 2019.
Mount Yard is being delivered by Greater Manchester-based Bardsley Construction, with completion due in the summer of 2020.
Roly Bardsley, chairman of Bardsley Construction, said: “Bardsley Construction are proud to be involved in many key high-rise developments in Manchester city centre. We are excited to be working with such an illustrious client, FEC, to deliver a tremendous development that will benefit the people of Manchester for years to come. It is a huge honour for our company and directors to be joined by the chairman of FEC, David Chiu, on the Topping Out of Plot 5 at Meadowside.”
Comprising a total of 136 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and townhouses with prices starting from £197,950, Mount Yard is the latest phase of the MeadowSide development of 756 homes across four residential blocks overlooking Angel Meadow Park, the largest green space in central Manchester.
Unlike the contemporary design of other residential blocks at MeadowSide, Mount Yard will feature traditional brick to complement surrounding mills and factory conversions, inspired by the area’s Victorian and industrial heritage. It boasts sustainable designs using recycled and reused materials combined with contemporary techniques, glass facades, red brick and steel.
Landscaped external areas will feature recycled concrete and timber, new walkways, masses of new planting, a lighting scheme and landform terraces for places to relax and enjoy views of the park.
Also under construction at MeadowSide are The Gate and The Stile, offering a total of 286 one, two and three-bed apartments and penthouses with 24-hour concierge, gym, private lounge, terrace, glass facades, public realm and commercial units on the ground floors.
Due for completion in spring 2021, The Gate and The Stile are being delivered by a joint venture of Hertfordshire-based Westfields Construction and China Zhejiang Construction Group Hong Kong Ltd.