On Friday, we held a topping out ceremony at our £60m Cornbrook development to celebrate the scheme reaching its highest point of construction. The 235,000 sq ft, 280 apartment scheme is being built by GRAHAM.
Funded by Barings Real Estate, the Sheppard Robson-designed scheme comprises 98 one-bed, 168 two-bed, and 14 three-bed units, across two 15-storey buildings.The development includes a ground floor convenience retail unit and landscaped public realm fronting Chester Road. For future residents the scheme will also include a roof top tenants lounge, gym, studio and external running track all located on the 15th floor of the development.
The scheme, which is due to complete towards the end of 2020, occupies a strategic position between Chester Road and Cornbrook Metrolink station, on a prominent arterial access route into Manchester City Centre. As part of the contract, pedestrian links are being improved around the site and including a landscaped area along the front of the retail unit facing Chester Road, an enlarged footpath to the apartments entrance on Trentham Street and secure car parking off Dinton Street.
Speaking about reaching the scheme milestone, Danny Roberts commented: “This project sees the transformation of a disused industrial site into a highly-sustainable development which will undoubtedly spearhead further regeneration in this area of Manchester.
“The health and wellbeing of its residents has very much influenced the design and fit-out of the scheme, from the inclusion of a running track to the location of the shared areas which are located on the rooftop to maximise sunlight and views.
GRAHAM Operations Director, Stephen Van Den Hoek added: “We are pleased to have reached this key milestone and to be on-track with the delivery of Cornbrook. Cornbrook is our third significant, high-quality residential tower building for Glenbrook, following the completion of the Trilogy and Duet buildings last year; and demonstrates our on-going, close working relationship with the property developer. We are looking forward to celebrating the addition of another landmark building to Manchester’s skyline for one of our most valued clients.”