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Storage development underway near to Manchester’s historic ‘Rocket’ site

Work is underway on a £12 million storage facility development near the site of George Stephenson’s ‘Rocket’ launch.

Triton Construction is on site in Castlefield, Manchester and says it is working with strict guidelines and an extensive method statement to ensure there is no damage to the train line, which was recently extended as part of the Ordsall Chord.

A 92,000 sq ft facility is being built for Big Yellow Self Storage Company, which has owned the site for 12 years and has only recently been granted permission to build.

With steel work expected to go in next week at the development, Michael Parkinson, managing director of Triton Construction, says: “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.”

Nigel Hartley, construction director of Big Yellow, adds: “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.”

Once complete, the new building will provide a storage facility for local residents as well as incubator space for small businesses.