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Even though it's only a warehouse, I'm quite interested in this. It's in a sensitive area, and the exterior looks great, which should mirror the Ordsall Chord Bridge.

And of course, it's clad in wonderful cor-ten steel. Good old rusty. :)

Business Desk North West.

Work finally starts on building project close to historic site

A major development is set to take place close to one of the most historically sensitive sites in Manchester.

Triton Construction is carrying out a development for the Big Yellow Self Storage Company close to the site of the first run of George Stephenson’s Rocket in Castlefield.

The project has taken several years to get off the ground due to lengthy negotiations with Manchester City Council.

Triton, who established offices in Warrington in 2014 to support their North West expansion, are on site to build the 92,000 sq ft storage facility.

The work involves negotiating strict guidelines and an extensive method statement to ensure that there is no damage to the train line, which was recently extended as part of the Ordsall Chord.

Michael Parkinson, Triton Construction MD said: “Whilst this should be a relatively straightforward five storey build we are having to take extra care and adjust our methods to adhere to the strict vibration monitoring that is being undertaken by Network Rail.

“We’re doing everything we can to ensure that there is limited ground movement, avoiding disturbance to the lines

The £12 million development which is due to see steel work go in next week will be the latest expansion for storage giants The Big Yellow Self Storage Company, who have owned the site for 12 years, and have only recently been granted permission to build.

Nigel Hartley, Construction Director of Big Yellow said: “We had a requirement from the local authority to ensure that we built an exemplar building with high quality public realm, and that the construction and finish was sensitive to the surroundings.

“To do so we needed a company with the experience and technical expertise to deliver despite the complexities, and Triton seem to be thriving on the challenge.”

Initially delayed in 2012 by Network Rail’s compulsory purchase order and latterly by lengthy negotiations with Manchester City Council, the new building is designed to be in keeping with, and preserve the industrial heritage of the area with Corten steel cladding that will weather quickly.

The unit will be an essential storage facility for residents of the rapidly growing local area but will also act as a business incubator for small businesses, with secure and well-lit spaces available to rent.
 

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I'm pretty sure Rocket's early runs were made at or near Rainhill in 1829, though I'll grant that it probably did run into Manchester, in service, after 15th Sept 1830. So 1/10 for accuracy.
 

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Watched this fly up as I built the 5 a side centre immediately across the road. The unit next to us is now becoming head office for the 'Archie's' burger/dessert chain. Can't ascertain what length of lease they've managed to secure though so don't know how long the remainder of the Manchester Industrial Estate will remain 'as is' besides the new Big Yellow unit.
 

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Watched this fly up as I built the 5 a side centre immediately across the road. The unit next to us is now becoming head office for the 'Archie's' burger/dessert chain. Can't ascertain what length of lease they've managed to secure though so don't know how long the remainder of the Manchester Industrial Estate will remain 'as is' besides the new Big Yellow unit.
Know anything about New Elm Developments? :poke:
 

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Know anything about New Elm Developments? :poke:
Nothing more than I hear on here really, mate.

To be honest I was surprised the unit next to us became let at all. More surprised still that they've spent a few quid going into it (fitting out inside/tarting up the exterior). Obviously I'm aware of the long term plan so I thought if it did get let in the meantime it would just be on a very casual/short term basis like with the illegal car park over the road. We spent a lot going in but that was 5 years ago so we knew we were going to get a fair go at it. Interested to know what the new tenant has signed up to for obvious reasons...!

Were New Elm Developments s'posed to have an interest in the site immediately behind the Big Yellow site?
 
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