The topping-out ceremony
FairBriar International has marked a major milestone in the construction of phase one of the £1bn Middlewood Locks mixed-use scheme in Salford.
A topping-out ceremony has taken place on the roof of the final building in the first phase of the development, which comprises 571 apartments and 10,000 sq ft of commercial space. The internal fit-out is now underway with the first residents expected to move in in the spring of 2018.
In November 2016, Beijing Construction Engineering Group International (BCEGI) signed an £85m contract with FairBriar International to build phase one.
Upon completion, the 24.5-acre Middlewood Locks development will provide 2,215 new homes and 900,000 sq ft of commercial space including offices, hotel, shops, restaurants, a convenience store and a gym. The scheme is being developed around three large basins of the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal.
FairBriar International is a joint venture between Leeds-headquartered Scarborough Group International, China-based Hualing Group and Singapore-listed Metro Holdings.
Scarborough chairman Kevin McCabe, who is also co-owner of Sheffield United, said: “We are delighted to achieve ‘topping out’ for the first phase of our Middlewood Locks development which signifies an extremely successful partnership with BCEGI. Despite a complex delivery programme and tight timescale this first phase remains on schedule, to the credit of BCEGI and the wider project team.
“Middlewood Locks is a major undertaking for us and I am pleased to say greatly supports the regional economy with strong job creation and ultimately much-needed new homes in the city.”
Yan Xing, regional director of Europe & North America at BCEGI, said: “I am very pleased we have reached this important milestone on phase one of Middlewood Locks and our partnership with Scarborough Group is going from strength to strength.
“BCEGI is developing long-term relationships with local contractors and sub-contractors which are proving to be very successful. We are wholly committed to growing our business in the UK, especially in the Northern Powerhouse region and our work here in Greater Manchester, is providing a solid foundation for us.”