Birmingham-based mechanical and electrical specialist J S Wright has won a contract worth more than £6 million to help turn a derelict canal-side site in the city into a residential-led development.
The provider, which is based Aston and has an office in London, will install the mechanical infrastructure services and fit out all 650 apartments at the 117-acre Soho Wharf scheme at Soho Loop on the city’s Main Line Canal, opposite Birmingham City Hospital.
Work has already begun on the project and completion is set for summer 2023.
The £165 million regeneration project is being driven by a joint venture of Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital to turn the former industrial site into flats and townhouses, commercial space, and parks and gardens.
J S Wright will install a boosted cold-water plant room with distribution pipework to all six blocks on the development, which will range from six to 14 storeys including retail and parking space.
The shell and core works entail installing soil and wastewater services, internal rainwater services, and dry risers for firefighting.
The company will also fit out all the one and two-bedroom flats on the scheme with hot and cold-water services as well as soil and waste services.
The contract package for the flats also includes installing domestic sprinklers and heat recovery and extract ventilation systems.
J S Wright is already carrying out a £4 million contract with Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital to fit out 379 new-build flats at The Timber Yard on Pershore Street in Birmingham’s Chinatown.
Phil Leech, J S Wright’s managing director, said: “With Birmingham undergoing a similar regeneration to London, it is a testament to our expertise that we have been appointed yet again to help deliver many more quality apartments in our home city.”
Established in Birmingham in 1890, J S Wright designs, manufactures and installs mechanical and electrical services for the hotel, residential, social housing, student accommodation, leisure and commercial sectors. Its facilities management company, Wright Maintenance, provides planned preventative maintenance cover for commercial landlords, property agents and homeowners.