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(Posted on 30/09/19)UCML were appointed as utility consultants on a mixed-use redevelopment of Jackson’s Row in Manchester. The ambitious scheme will contain 231 luxury flats, an office, shop, a conference centre and a five-star hotel on completion. The project is a joint venture between the retired football player Gary Neville and the local authority, and aims to renew the community of this historic area of Manchester. UCML’s technical engineering team provided their expertise and knowledge in a utility study of the site, which included a review of possible site constraints, and included budget costs for anticipated works such as diversions or network reinforcements. The study was helpful in highlighting these constraints, as they could then be factored in to the design and planning of the development. UCML offers two levels of studies. UCML’s Level 1 Study provides UCML’s review of the existing network in terms of availability, and incorporates estimated budget costs. UCML’s Level 2 Study includes a review of existing infrastructure, while also making point of connection applications to the statutory utility companies to provide firm budget costs for bringing capacity to site. From these firm budget costs, UCML then provide anticipated budget costs for new connections, diversions and disconnections. UCML’s Level 2 Study also includes a project programme. UCML’s studies have proven valuable to clients in land buying stages through anticipating whether any land value can be negated, supporting planning applications, or in the early design stages of a scheme.