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Construction firm lands deal to build apartment tower

Construction firm lands deal to build apartment tower

A £35 million apartment contract in Salford has been secured by construction firm Bouygues, which will begin work on the project this month.

The Lightbox will now be built in the MediaCityUK area of Salford Quays, containing 238 apartments for sale. These will be one, two and three-bedroom units and will provide alternatives to the rental options elsewhere in the complex. Work is expected to be completed by early 2019.

Bouygues has shown a particular interest in the market around Manchester and Salford due to the large number of tall buildings being constructed there. Indeed, the Lightbox will, at 19 storeys, be one of the smaller new buildings in this category to add to the skyline on either side the Manchester Ship Canal and River Irwell.

Commenting on the plans, chief operating officer at Bouygues UK Craig Tatton said:  "Securing this scheme in the north-west is a fantastic achievement and Lightbox is an exciting project.

"Greater Manchester is a core focus for us as we look to apply the technical expertise we have as part of the wider Bouygues group to major projects where we can add value."

The area certainly has some very tall buildings planned for the near future. The Owen Street project on the south-western edge of Manchester city centre is currently under construction, with 1,400 new apartments set to be built in four skyscrapers. The tallest of these will be 658 ft tall, overtaking the Beetham Tower as the leading skyscraper in the city. The lowest of them will be taller than the current second-highest, the CIS Tower.

An even taller building - slightly higher than Canary Wharf - is planned by Allied London for the 'Vertical Village' at Trinity Islands in the St John's area of the city centre, with a planning application going in last month.

The taller buildings around Salford Quays are nowhere near as high, but the next few years will bring a major focus on residential building as the size of the MediaCityUK complex doubles.

A £1 billion expansion of the site was approved last year, with this including 1,400 new apartments.

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