March 4, 2021

Stockport construction giant involved in ground-breaking and controversial Pomona project

The Directors of Stockport based SCC Design Build have said they are delighted with the progress at a high-profile development in Manchester and believe the project will be ‘good for the city’, despite some concerns.

Pomona Island Phase 1, is a ground-breaking Private Rental Scheme in an up-and-coming area of the city.

The concrete specialists supplied pre-cast external panels for two high-rise residential blocks of 164 number apartments, for client Rowlinson Constructions.

The work was completed in 29 weeks from the site commencement date of 29th August 2016.

Pomona Island is a 22-acre site straddling Salford, Trafford and Manchester, sitting on the Manchester Ship and Bridgewater Canals. It was once a thriving dockland but has laid dormant for decades. Property giant Peel and developers Rowlinson filed plans to turn Pomona Island into a thriving neighbourhood, set to be renamed Manchester Waters.

Phase two, which could see more than 3,000 flats eventually built there is expected to be completed in 2019.

The flats boast a prime waterside location, next to the Cornbrook Metro link station and a stone’s throw from Old Trafford and Salford Quays.

The project did face controversy when plans were first filed to build on-site though, with some members of the public coming forward to raise concerns – a petition was also organised – about the impact the project may have on the environment and wildlife around the area.

This is something that all parties involved in the project were acutely aware of, as its Managing Director, Eamonn O’Donnell, explains: “There is an on-going tension between developing areas of the city and understanding the impact this will have on the environment. The petition and concerns raised by some members of the public were heard and played a big part in the decisions made about how best to bring this project to life.”

Regarding the lack of housing in the city, Eamonn comments further: “The demand for new housing is at its highest level, with Manchester now needing one new home per hour. We are a pioneer of alternative methods of construction and are delighted to have been involved in this project. All things considered, we feel it will be a positive development for the city, when you consider the supply-side benefits.”

SCC Design Build offer a complete design, manufacture and installation service and build the whole pre-cast concrete solution off-site, enabling them to deliver projects to reduced timescales compared to more traditional methods of construction.

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