The Heaton Group has released a photo showing the foundations of The Exchange development in Preston.Advertisement
The photo, tweeted 14 September, offers a bird’s eye view of the foundations, where The Heaton Group have started using a tower crane to support the team installing steel cages, pouring concrete and piling caps to two-thirds of the building’s footprint.
Ongoing works at the development include underground drainage, service ducts, DPM and insulation for concrete floor slabs.
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The Heaton Group said: “In the next period, we are aiming to pour the ground floor slabs and commence the installation of the concrete columns from the ground to the first floor.”
The Exchange, which will include a mixture of 200 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, was approved during a council meeting on Tuesday 2 March.
The site, which is the former Bhailok Court building on Pole Street, received some criticism due to a lack of affordable housing across the city.
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Robert Major, who presented the application, said: “We’ve got to understand that the build cost for these developments is significantly high.
“It is difficult to provide affordable housing on these city-centre brownfield sites.
“They may not be affordable in terms of there might not be any help to buy them, but it may be that the price of them may be affordable for people who are on the affordable register to buy themselves.”
In a recent planning application, The Heaton Group requested permission for 137 one-bedroom, 40 two-bedroom and 23 three-bedroom flats.
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