Bovis likely to take on construction management role on the BBC Salford project

Gleeds is cost manager on phase one of the £400m MediaCity:UK development at Salford Quays in Manchester, which will be home to the BBC. The 200-acre scheme will be the UK’s first purpose-built media city.


Bovis Lend Lease is expected to announce next week that it has been appointed on the first phase of the scheme, for developer Peel Holdings.

Bovis is likely to take on a construction management role on the scheme, rather than design and build, after chief executive Murray Coleman said earlier this year that the company would be pursuing lower-risk CM jobs.

Wilkinson Eyre was originally commissioned to design three buildings for the BBC in Salford, but architect Chapman Taylor has been appointed to take on the project after detailed design stage.

Chapman Taylor is also developing designs for a residential scheme above a studio block facing the BBC buildings, a hotel and a multi-storey car park.