Contractor appointed for Birmingham apartments project

Contractor appointed for Birmingham apartments project

The mechanical and electrical contract for a new apartment construction scheme in Birmingham has been awarded to buildings services firm J S Wright, it has been revealed.

Main contractor on the Arena Central scheme Galliford Try has awarded the £3.5 million contract to the firm to install a cold water booster set and tank room, as well as water sprinklers, a symphonic rainwater system and above-ground drainage. It will aso provide boilers and ventilation for wet rooms, as well as designing and installing electrical components in conjunction with its Birmingham area partner JT Hawkes.

It is the tenth project J S Wright has been awarded by Galliford Try in the last ten years, indicating a successful and enduring business relationship. Work will take around 18 months, with work due to start in August and the completion date set for February 2019.

Managing director of J S Wright Marcus Aniol said: "As one of Birmingham’s longest established companies, we are delighted to be able to work once again with our longstanding partners in making such a major contribution to the city’s ongoing regeneration."

The 323 apartments will be built in two city centre blocks of 17 and 22 storeys in height respectively.  

Arena Central is being developed by Arena Central Developments Limited, which is seeking to transform an area once occupied by the Birmingham Central Library, which has now been replaced. The 9.2 acre site, located between Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square, is set for 1.2 million sq ft of mixed-use development, which will include landscaped public space and an office building with more than 233,000 sq ft of office space. HSBC has already confirmed it will be based at the site from next year, where over 2,500 staff will work.

Galliford Try was awarded the man contract to deliver the development in 2015.