Mansell Finishes has commenced on-site works at the mixed-use Manchester New Square development for main contractor Lendlease.
Commencing in early October 2018, Mansell Finishes will be on-site for 73 weeks completing works worth over £5.3 million to the company. The works to be carried out include 83,000m2 of drylining, 24,000m2 of ceilings and 127,000m2 of plastering.
Located on the corner of Whitworth Street and Princess Street, Manchester New Square is a significant development for client Urban & Civic that comprises three 12 to 15 storey residential buildings surrounding a landscaped square. Once completed, in addition to 351 one-, two- and three-bedroom residential apartments, the new development will also offer restaurants, retail units, basement parking and canal-side amenity space.
Mansell Finishes collaborated closely with Lendlease early in the tender process to ensure that all elements were included in the complex project specification and to ensure cost certainty for the main contractor.
In addition, Mansell Finishes also offered support to Lendlease and architect SimpsonHaugh and Partners regarding clarifying and finalising partitioning specifications. This involved details including external wall and shaftwall interfaces plus apartment entrances, which all required final detailing in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure compliance with stringent fire and acoustic regulations.
Due to the size of the building, the tight city centre location and minimal storage available on-site, all deliveries will be made using just in time logistics with materials then immediately positioned at the workface. To aid this process Mansell Finishes has invested in the Starke Arvid logistics system to ensure the more efficient use of manual labour and mechanical hoisting on-site while also making installation and waste handling easier to manage.
Mike Foy, Commercial Director at Mansell Finishes comments: “This is a considerable and exciting project to be involved with. Mansell’s management and operatives are working towards 100% compliance with the Lendlease Incident and Injury Free Training and are also attending their Frontline Leadership courses. In addition to our commitment to their training programmes, we’ll be looking at increasing value on an ongoing basis during our works on this project.”