GENLEC SCALES NEW HEIGHTS WITH MULTI MILLION POUND M&E TOWER CONTRACTNews
Posted by: electime 12th July 2019
Genlec has secured a major mechanical and electrical installation project with Russells Construction as part of the 20-storey Motel One and Staycity development in Manchester City Centre for Property Alliance Group.
The towering new structure is located at the site of the former Peterloo House at 3 St Peter’s Square. The project will see the creation of 328 hotel rooms for Motel One, which will occupy levels ground to eight, while Staycity Aparthotels will provide 256 studios and one-bedroom units under its premium ‘Wilde Aparthotels’ brand on floors nine to 20.
Work by the M&E specialist is set to begin this summer. Genlec has, however, been collaborating with the project management and wider supply chain teams since the beginning of the year. Developed under a range of innovative and sustainable design principles, all floor and ceiling slabs will be built using precast concrete form, delivered to site with first fix electrical infrastructure in-situ, ready to be simply placed and secured.
The Genlec operation will be carried out over a 21-month period, delivering handover in 2021. A site team of approximately 20 operatives, plus an in-house management team, will start on site in the summer. During peak points, however, this figure will rise significantly taking the GENLEC workforce to around 40-plus.
Jonathan Twentyman, Managing Director of Genlec, commented: “This is fantastic contract win for Genlec. The scheme is an ambitious and unique development for Manchester that will add further weight to the exciting city centre skyline and it’s great to be part of that. This is also our first scheme working with Russells Construction and we’re delighted to be chosen as their M&E partner for this development.
“The Motel One/Staycity project is very much in keeping with our client and contract profile. We are a long-established North West business who have honed and developed our business model and today focus on large-scale projects, all plus £3million with a value of up to £15m. Our clients expect a first class, professional and quality service which we continue to deliver time and time again. We look forward to providing that once again here, collaborating with the client, their project managers and the wider supply chain to achieve all objectives.”
The Genlec site team will begin works at ground level, working their way up floor by floor, initially managing primary containment and mechanical installations then focusing on the multiple rooms and corridors. Simultaneously, works will begin on the level above, a pattern which will continue throughout the project duration.
Jonathan added: “Meticulous planning and attention to detail has been and continues to be a critical element within this project. This is partly due to the precast nature of the structure design but also because of the confined access issues associated with a city centre location. These are all issues that have been addressed throughout design stage and have formed an integral part of the planning and future delivery.”