VolkerGround Engineering was contracted by John Sisk and Sons to work on the redevelopment of the former BBC studios on Oxford Road, Manchester.

The area will be redeveloped into a commercial and residential space,  comprised of 667 apartments split across two buildings. The build is part of Select Property Group and Bruntwood’s Affinity Living scheme. This scheme intends to develop high quality built-to-rent apartments to suit Manchester’s growing population.

VolkerGround Engineering designed and installed temporary sheet piles for crane bases and retaining walls. The works were completed using an ABI TM 13/16 leader rig.

VolkerGround Engineering’s previous success working with the client’s same site team on Brancaster Road provided a benefit to the project. As a result of this strong existing relationship, the team was invited to develop the works from initial inception through to installation in collaboration with the client’s team.

Ground conditions on site included obstructions which would have disrupted the piling programme. VolkerGround Engineering removed these obstructions early in the build in order for the works to proceed smoothly and safely.

Works are continuing on the Affinity Living scheme, and the new residential space is due to be open by 2021.

Facts and figures

  • Client
    Select Property Group
  • Main Contractor
    John Sisk & Sons
  • Value
  • Commencement Date
    April 2018
  • Completion Date
    June 2018
  • Project categories
    Sheet Piling