Manchester New Square, Manchester

Project Overview

This residential development consists of three high quality multi-storey buildings constructed over an existing 4-storey piled basement structure, reckoned to be the deepest basement construction in Central Manchester. The scheme includes three high quality residential buildings with heights of 15, 14 and 12-storeys, including ground floor retail and restaurant space overlooking a central public landscaped space. The scheme will create a vibrant development that complements the area’s historic context and sensitively reconnects the site to its surroundings including the Rochdale Canal.




A very complex 4-storey basement, which is reckoned to be the deepest basement construction in Central Manchester, located adjacent to the Rochdale Canal.








Added Value

RoC have played a key role in driving efficiency of the building frame. Significant effort and close coordination between the structure and developing unit layout has removed costly transfer structures and minimised modification to the basement, without compromising residential unit layout and restricting ground floor retail space.

The existing basement, once the deepest in Manchester constructed utilising a hybrid of conventional and “top down” construction techniques, is to be retained as part of the new development proposals. RoC have played a leading role in investigation and assessment of the basement structure to allow its incorporation into the scheme.

Developing the existing basement to suit the new building proposal has brought with it many challenges and close coordination with the architect SimpsonHaugh has proven invaluable. Innovative construction methods have been explored, however in the end most of the works involved simplistic and clever engineering coupled with good planning of the building layout to work with the existing structural grid and minimise structural modification of the inherited structure.

A new scheme has been developed with SimpsonHaugh to RIBA Stage 3 with design now proceeding through RIBA Stage 4. The project recommenced during 2017.

Project Details
ProjectManchester New Square, Manchester
DisciplineCivil Engineering, Earth Sciences, Structural Engineering
ClientUrban & Civic
Project Duration2014 - live
The high quality of service and the extremely proactive approach provided by RoC Consulting, has been one of the main contributing factors in making this project so successful for Urban & Civic PLC.

We have worked very closely with RoC Consulting’s Project Director, Mike Newman, and his team, in the delivery of this very complex 4-storey basement, which is reckoned to be the deepest basement construction in Central Manchester.
Adam Brooks, Senior Project Manager
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