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Prater lands 31,000m2 envelope package in Manchester

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Prater, the UK’s leading specialist building envelope contractor, has just landed a major new envelope package in Manchester.

Prater, as seen in Building magazine as #1 Specialist Contractor for cladding, roofing and glazing, has been selected by Lendlease to deliver a high-performance curtain walling, glazing and roofing package for Manchester Goods Yard.


The new development will provide 28,000m2  of workspace and 3,000mof retail space across three interlinked building blocks. This will be a total of 31,000m2 of commercial space. The offsite work is scheduled to begin in April 2020 with installation of windows into pre-cast concrete panels targeting a minimum of 20 completed units per week.

The roofing and envelope package will include curtain walling, rainscreen cladding, undercrofts and soffits. In order to keep to a strict schedule, Prater is adopting offsite construction methods in partnership with supply chain partners Kawneer and Interpane, who will be supplying the curtain walling and the glass units.

Associate Operations Director for Prater, William Morrison says: “Time is critical on this project, to ensure each stage is completed to schedule.

“In the very early stages, we satisfied the architects and the main contractor that our offsite capabilities would ensure the project meets the desired schedule, without any delays, in a safe and timely manner.

“For our clients, it is important they trust us to complete the project without health and safety risks. By using our offsite expertise, we are able to minimise any risk, as floor to ceiling height windows can be installed and glazed at ground level, in a semi-unitised format, eliminating the risk of falls from height and negating the requirement for leading edge protection from Floors 1-7 of the building.

“This ensures safety of operatives, and a high quality installation.”

Want to learn more about the new modern offsite construction plans to create an eco-friendlier way of creating new homes? Find out more on our recent blog focusing eco-friendly construction here.


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Prater lands major envelope package in Manchester – Grant Prior – 6th March 2020 – Construction Enquirer