There is a genuine buzz around the Northern Power House concept. Having witnessed the furore surrounding George Osbournes vision at the Northern Power House Expo I am keen to see how that is translating to the contract and building product industry next week at North England Build Show.
From what I am witnessing, not only is the industry keen to develop the infrastruture to support business, driving around Yorkshire and Lancashire, the amount of cranes in town centres suggests investment is strong. This too is not isolated to commercial work - speaking with a senior figure in Balfour Beatty, school projects have been stacked for the past year.
It ranks as the most ambitious of several proposed schemes that could turn Manchester city centre into a high-rise residential area. CQ Investments, part of construction group Renaker Build, aims to build 1,400 flats on the site between Owen Street and Deansgate. The four towers will range from 37 storeys to 64 storeys high, overshadowing Manchester’s present tallest building the Beetham Tower at 47 storeys. Designed by Simpson Haugh & Partners, with Beetham Tower designer Ian Simpson, the glazed towers will feature unusual inverted facades on each face of the buildings. The scheme has been designed to appeal to both PRS and owner occupiers. Separate plans for two 27-storey and 35-storey towers near Deansgate Locks have already been approved.