Two major Greater Manchester developments rescued after Carillion collapse

Developers have drafted in replacements for two major projects following the Carillion collapse.

In Salford, Select Property Group has brought in Sir Robert MAlpine to complete its Affinity Living apartments scheme on New Bailey Street.

The riverside scheme which includes 37 and 17 story buildings, was given planning permission in July 2016 and Carillion was working on the project until it went bust in January.

When complete, Affinity Living will comprise 505 apartments, as well as shared lounge areas, co-working spaces, ‘supersized’ gyms and private entertaining spaces.

Mark Oakes, chief commercial officer at Select, said: “Thanks to the proactive approach of our team we have been able to expedite what can ordinarily be a lengthy process. We are delighted to have the Sir Robert MAlpine team on board to complete the scheme and we look forward to updating the industry in the coming months.”

Simon Trevor, Sir Robert MAlpine’s managing director for Central, Wales and the West, added: “The Riverside and Riverview schemes are significant projects in Manchester and it’s a pleasure to be starting work with the Select Property Group team.”

Vision Tameside

Meanwhile, Robertson North West has replaced Carillion as main contractor on the £37m Vision Tameside project.

The scheme includes a 7,000 m2 Advanced Skills Centre for Tameside College, a new Joint Public Service Centre for Tameside Council and its partners and retail space for Wilko’s.

It is based on Wellington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, on the former site of the Tameside Council administration building.

All Carillion employees that had worked on the project and were still looking for employment have been given roles by Robertson.

Coun Brenda Warrington, executive leader of Tameside Council, said: “Getting a new sub-contractor in place has been our top council priority after Carillion went into liquidation. One of our main aims has been to protect the job security of hard-working staff operating on former Carillion contracts.

“Vision Tameside is a key initiative in the area and one we know will provide considerable jobs and growth when it’s completed. As a result, we are delighted that Robertson Construction has started work to complete these exciting developments in Tameside”.

Dirk Pittaway, managing director of Robertson North West, said: “We know that the project is a high priority for Tameside, and we are proud to be able to play our part in ensuring it is successfully delivered.

“We also welcome our new colleagues into the Robertson family. When entering into the Early Works Agreement it was a key priority that we were able to offer employment to all those that previously worked on the project”.

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