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A number of construction projects in Greater Manchester have received approval in September, Construction Enquirer reported.


The approved projects are worth over £1 billion and will primarily deliver a host of residential developments, as well as a new arena.

Oak View Group, a US developer, intends to build the new East Manchester arena, a project that is set to be worth £350 million for the city. The arena will have a capacity of 23,500 people and will be constructed close to the Etihad Stadium. During construction, which will last for three years, it’s expected to create 3,350 jobs.

The largest residential scheme to get the go ahad is the triple tower scheme from the Far Eastern Consortium (FEC). The Victoria Riverside scheme will be located in the Redbank area of the city, with the three towers set to provide 364 homes.

The towers will vary in height, with the tallest being 37 storeys, as well as one that’s 26 storeys high and another that’s 18 storeys high.

A 2,000-room co-living scheme on First Street and the Union tower development on Water Street also received approval. Finally, a scheme for 410 predominantly build-to-rent homes has been approved in Miles Platting on the site of the former Manox chemical dye factory.

Sir Richard Leese, council leader, said that these developments are important for “helping to support the city’s economic recovery from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

As Planning & Building Control Today reported, the new homes in Miles Platting will be a net-zero carbon scheme, with renewable energy and particularly air-source heat pumps set to be used in the properties.

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