Working for leading construction company Galliford Try, Courtcraft have been involved in the final piece of a £120m regeneration scheme in the area known as the Northern Quarter in the city of Manchester. This residential phase, called One Smithfield Square, is a mix of 77 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The apartments benefit from the terraces and balconies with views across the city and are very much cutting edge units housed with a central covered entrance area.

The development combines high class design with practical sustainable solutions to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3. The brief for Courtcraft was to install 2600 square metres of appropriate flooring in all the apartments. A wide board single plank was used, laid on top of a high quality acoustic sound reduction layer; a good quality acoustic layer is essential to limit the transfer of noise. Residents will benefit from the look of these floors that complement the rest of the modern fittings and contemporary feel. Functionally, sound will not transfer through the apartments due to the higher specification flooring system installed on this development.

One Smithfield Square is being brought to market by Ician Developments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Muse Developments, in partnership with Manchester City Council. The project has required careful logistical planning and consideration of the adjacent buildings to ensure minimal disruption to local businesses and residents. Now home to the city’s world famous fashion and music industries, the Northern Quarter development is a far cry from the origins of the area that was originally named Smithfield Market in May 1822, the potato market having moved to the district.
Mark Elliott, Director at Courtcraft said: ‘’The commercial market is a growing market for us and this type of residential development allows us to showcase the quality flooring services we can offer. We are now working with more leading construction companies such as Galliford Try. It is particularly satisfying to be involved in a scheme in central Manchester as our Head Office and roots are in the North West of England.’’