The five-storey building, on a brownfield site, will provide 119 bedrooms for students at the nearby Manchester Metropolitan University, car parking including disabled parking spaces, and cycle storage area.
Shepherd Construction is due to start the 50-week construction programme this September. Manchester architect Halliday Meecham designed the building, which will have a timber frame and a BREEAM rating of Very Good.
Peter Millett, managing director for the West Division of Shepherd Construction commented: “We are delighted to be appointed as the main contractor on this project which will provide much-needed student accommodation in the area. We look forward to starting work this autumn.”
Robin Goodlet, UNITE Project Manager said “As a leading developer of student accommodation, we are committed to regenerating key areas of Manchester to support local higher education institutes and the student community. We're pleased to have appointed Shepherd Construction for their ability to deliver on time and to budget on these challenging projects."
This is the second student accommodation project in Manchester for Shepherd Construction, having also recently started demolition works for £45 million of residential space on Great Marlborough Street, on behalf of specialist developer Student Castle.