Bolton-based contractor Forrest constructed the homes in partnership with RBH to meet a clear housing need for two-bedroomed homes in the Kirkholt area.
The eight-storey building, directly off Great Ancoats street, features 111 buy-to-let high-specification one, two and three bed apartments, which have been sold entirely off-plan.
Forrest’s completion of phase one at X1 Eastbank is the first of three schemes the business will deliver for X1, in contracts totalling £55.5 million.
The company, based in Bolton, constructed 24 two and three bedroom family homes and bungalows on the site of a disused library, and will provide good-quality low cost homes in a popular area.
The development, X1 The Gateway, will consist of 191 luxury one and two bedroom apartments, with views overlooking the Quays and Manchester city centre from its location on Trafford Road.
Forrest’s appointment to the Innovation Chain North West framework, valued at £500 million, will involve construction of residential-led developments across the north for a number of housing groups including Great Places. Forrest is one of eight contractors appointed to all three lots and contracts are expected to be in excess of £1.5m each.
With housing associations and Local Authorities under increasing pressure to build more homes and improve service provision in an era of reduced funding, the free-to-join Development Contractors Framework will allow public sector members to directly appoint a first ranked contractor – saving time and financial resources – or complete further competition for contracts.
The Great Ancoats Street scheme will comprise 119 one and two-bedroom apartments over 12 storeys, in addition to communal spaces including a roof-level terrace, a ground-floor gym for residents and a new landscaped public square.