New mixed-use development, comprising 386 homes and 371 square metres of commercial space spread over three buildings, including a refurbished motorcycle factory and a 36-storey tower.

Eckersley O’Callaghan is providing structural and facade engineering services for this residential scheme in Manchester, which is the first project in the city for Andrew Flintoff’s Logik Developments. Situated where the Mancunian Way passes through Castlefield, the scheme includes a 36-storey tower, with 159 apartments, and a mid-rise, mixed-use building that features 223 square metres of commercial space and another 215 flats.

The existing Dot Motorcycle building, which dates from the 1900s, will see its red brick facade retained, while the building’s interior is transformed into new commercial and residential space. There will also be a roof garden for residents.

The tower features a geometry of shifted blocks, each four storeys in height. The primary structure remains vertical, with the shifts achieved via cantilevered winter garden structures formed as part of the glazed envelope.

The building has a high proportion of glazing, and the winter garden design has been carefully developed with the architect and MEP engineer to avoid the potential for overheating.

We have helped achieve early cost certainty for the project by developing a detailed Building Information Model (BIM) which has been used during the costing exercise. We have also undertaken an extensive value engineering exercise for the foundations and substructure, considering different systems, buildability and programme.

Our facades team took a similar approach to the design, looking at various precast and unitised systems for the different facade types on each building, with the aim of achieving a fast on-site programme.

Location
Manchester

Client
Logik Developments

Architect
SimpsonHaugh & Partners