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BCEG wins Middlewood Locks project

BCEG wins Middlewood Locks project

The decidedly Chinese flavour of the government’s plans to create a Northern Powerhouse has continued with the announcement that Beijing Construction and Engineering Group (BCEG) has been chosen as the main contractor for the £700 million Middlewood Locks project by Scarborough Group International.As part of the agreement, BCEG will provide £4 million of development funding to help regenerate the surrounding neighbourhood, both in terms of commercial ventures and new homes.Spread over 24 acres, the Middlewood Locks development is set to provide approximately 2,000 new homes, a number of new pedestrian routes and cycleways to connect the area to the city centre, as well as up to 750,000 sq ft of commercial development space for mixed commercial uses.Proposed businesses for the site include offices, hotel, shops, delis, restaurants, a convenience store and gym, although final decisions have yet to be made on this topic.Salford city mayor Ian Stewart welcomed the news and said: “Salford is growing at an incredible pace and the international investment demonstrates this.“We have worked closely together with developers like the Scarborough Group to create new jobs, homes and commercial opportunities and bring large pieces of unused land back to life.”The scheme won planning permission from Salford Council in March 2015. The choice of contractor was revealed to coincide with the visit of Chinese president Xi Xinping to Manchester as part of his state tour of the UK.Announcing his company’s choice of contractor, Lee Savage, development director of Scarborough, said: “Middlewood Locks is a unique site with the potential to deliver thousands of new homes, jobs and a first-class business destination. The selection of BCEG means that we are on track to deliver the first phases of the development and we are confident that this scheme will be transformational for Salford and its wider regeneration activities.” 

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