Topping Out at Second Phase of east Manchester’s Lime Square
A special topping out ceremony is being held this
Friday to celebrate progress on the site of the second phase of east
Manchester’s new Lime Square development.
The first phase of the £40 million investment
which is transforming an 11.9 acres site in Openshaw, was completed last
November with the opening of a new 80,000 sq ft Morrisons store.
Work started on the second phase earlier this
year and local stakeholders, councillors and the development team from
Dransfield Properties Ltd will mark the erection of the steelwork on the site
with a topping out ceremony being held on Friday
September 9th at 11am.
Funded by Barclays this next phase of works will
bring more new retail space to the area as part of the strategic regeneration
of this part of east Manchester - the team at Dransfield Properties has worked
in partnership with New East Manchester and Manchester City Council to bring a
new district centre to the area.
Eight new units are currently under construction by
in time for a Christmas opening with further retail and leisure space to be
delivered next year. Greggs, Store 21, B and M Bargains and Poundland have
already signed up to take space in the new development.
Retail Property Director at Dransfield Properties
Andrew Malley, said: “This is an important milestone in the delivery of this
next phase of the Lime Square development. The opening of the new Morrisons
store has made this a really vibrant area and we are very excited about
building on that success with this next phase of work.
“From the earliest stage this has been a
partnership approach in indentifying what the area needs and how to move
forward and deliver that.”
Lime Square is part of one of the country’s
biggest regeneration programmes - New East Manchester and Manchester City
Council helped to deliver the scheme through Compulsory Purchase Orders; the
original site comprised 40 different land interests.
Eddie Smith, chief executive
of New East Manchester said: "The next phase of
development at Lime Square is fantastic news for East Manchester helping to
transform the area, creating new jobs for local residents and, by adding more
shops to the existing Morrison's store, this investment will provide more
reasons to visit Openshaw."
By Christmas 37,000 sq ft of new space will have
been completed at Lime Square with a further 39,500 sq ft to come.
The new Morrisons store created 320 new jobs in
the area; once all the work on the second phase has been completed a further
430 jobs will have been created.
Lime Square also is home to the iconic sculpture
Dead Blow which is part of the main pedestrian walkway to the centre and
depicts a steam hammer in tribute to east Manchester’s industrial heritage.
For further information about Dransfield
Properties visit www.dransfield.co.uk
For further information, contact:-
Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644