Despite the cold, the wind and the rain, the Axis Tower project team this week came together to celebrate the project.
The stunning building, Property Alliance Group’s luxury residential tower on the corner of Whitworth Street and Trafford Street, has reached its highest point. The occasion was marked with an official Topping Out ceremony. [Read more]
View from Whitworth Street, the hoist will be removed early 2019 and the external envelope fully completed.
Architect Jon Matthews hands over his original sketches of the building to Russells Construction’s construction director John Millward in a lighthearted ceremony to mark the Topping Out
(L-R: John Millward and commercial director Nick Sunderland from Russells, Dylan Williams of Property Alliance Group, John Crellin of Jon Matthews Architects, David Russell of Property Alliance Group, and Jon Matthews)
David Russell told how the building is the realisation of a long held vision. He described the history of the site, the excellence of the delivery team, support of the city council and how sales are already exceeding expectations.
The four elements placed into the hole along with the time-capsule:
Wine – symbolises fertility & wisdom
Oil – symbolises liberty & prosperity
Corn – symbolises ripening prosperity into abundance
Salt – symbolises purity and hospitality
The time-capsule, containing: a copy of Jon Matthews’ original sketch, a copy of the day’s Manchester Evening News, a copy of the winning student’s coursework, pictures of the site team and the project so far, material samples and a shop receipt containing current food costs.
The senior project team from Russells Construction with the building’s architect and developer. (L-R) Gareth Russell, architect Jon Matthews, John Millward and Nick Sunderland, and David Russell of Alliance.
The pre-cast concrete hole was sealed with concrete, with members of the project team invited to add the first spadefuls.