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We were welcomed at the Manchester New Square marketing suite amongst other guests from the wider project team and members of Manchester City Council and the funding partners of Greater Manchester Pension Fund.

After a tour on site, we received speeches on the rooftop of the Carding building, the second tallest of the three residential buildings. It was fantastic to stand storeys above the surrounding buildings and see the expansive views across the rooftops of the Whitworth Street Conservation Area.

Tea and cake in the client offices across the road on Princess Street gave us the chance to catch up with the wider design and client teams. It was encouraging to hear from fellow guests about the positive impact that Manchester New Square will have on Manchester. Sir Richard Leese said:

“It is fantastic to see the area meet its potential, transforming what has been for many years, an underused part of our city centre.”

Phillip Leech, Property Director at Urban&Civic commented:

“… we are delighted with the quality of the workmanship… and the way the buildings fit harmoniously within their surroundings.”

Manchester New Square is located in a hugely desirable area of central Manchester within close distance to the Universities, Piccadilly Station, St Peter’s Square and the Northern Quarter. The ground level of the 351 one, two and three bedroom apartment development will house a variety of restaurants and shops extending the night life from the celebrated Gay Village just over the canal.

Having been involved with our original scheme on the site, Origin for West Properties which went on hold in 2007, it’s great to finally see this key site in the heart of the city taking shape. The response to the cladding installation has been positive from the client, the city and the public alike. We’re excited to see Manchester New Square take shape over the next eighteen months to completion.