Burlington Square

A residential development completed in 2020 close to four educational facilities: The University of Manchester, Alliance Manchester Business School, The Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester Metropolitan University.

The development comprises of a multi-storey residential apartment block with a shared central courtyard at ground floor level. The apartment blocks vary from 5 to 11 storeys in height. One storey of basement is present below the courtyard and extending under a portion of the apartment blocks. The basement is accessed via a car ramp from Coupland Street.

The main structural works on the Burlington Road development comprise a steel frame superstructure with a concrete basement.

  • 230,000 ft2 of residential lead development with 273 apartments and associated large basement construction, for car park accommodation and plant.
  • Medium rise, long span steel frame buildings arranged around a landscaped ground floor podium area, comprising 1,150 tonne of steelwork.
  • Constrained site: Flood Zone 2&3; with Challenging party wall interfaces; working in proximity to an intermediate gas main and culvert.
  • Delivered to BIM Level 2

Renaissance provided structural and civil engineering services as well as geotechnical and temporary works design.

One of the key value-added proposals which we contributed to the benefit of the project was to de-risk the construction process and reduce the programme by up to six months by pulling the proposed full footprint basement in-board of the site boundary. This reduced the risk of interfacing with peripheral utilities within the surrounding public pavements, allowed the basement to be constructed as open cut, removing the cost and risk associated with perimeter temporary works and improving the speed of construction. 

The surface water drainage strategy required some smart thinking to provide the necessary attenuation on site and the combined use of one of the first Blue-roofs in Manchester, located on the central landscaped basement roof, coupled with strategically located attention tanks, allowed the outfalls to be limited to the agreed rate prior to discharge into the Cornbrook watercourse.

Client: Salboy
Location: Manchester
Value: £36M