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Hydrock appointed by John Sisk & Son Ltd to deliver works on Manchester Life development

26th Oct 2015

Hydrock has been appointed by John Sisk and Son for the detailed design work on Manchester Life Development Company's New Union Street development in East Manchester.

Having been granted planning permission in July 2015, the New Union Street site will witness the rejuvenation of a vacant brownfield site in the heart of one of Manchester's key regeneration areas on the edge of the city centre.

Over 300 residential apartments for private rental will be created in a trio of apartment buildings, containing one, two and three-bed apartments with landscaped surroundings and communal spaces, inter-connecting terraces, 128 parking spaces, and two retail or food and beverage outlets along the marina-side public walkway.

Hydrock will be providing civil, structural and geo-environmental engineering consultancy services.

Designs will be undertaken within a BIM environment, working closely with John Sisk and Son to deliver rapid design output in accordance with a challenging programme.

Hydrock's geo-environmental team will ensure designs confidently satisfy planning conditions, including the production of a remediation method statement and an options appraisal to highlight the most sustainable solutions to the required works.

The reinforced concrete structure frame, designed as flat slabs with blade columns to minimise floor thicknesses and maximise size of apartments, will start to be constructed in winter 2015, with apartments ready for occupation in the autumn of 2017.

Commenting on this prestigious appointment, Jon Bird, Director, Structural Engineering, said: “It is a pleasure to be working with John Sisk and Son on such an exciting project. Manchester’s need for well-located, good quality housing has reached a critical level, and our appointment by John Sisk and Son onto the Manchester Life initiative has facilitated a real opportunity to make a difference to communities within the city.”