In a contract worth over £800,000, Mansell Finishes has commenced drylining and associated works, following completing the installation of a Metsec Metframe SFS pre-panelised system, at the Gatley Road residential development in Sale, Manchester.

Appointed by Main Contractor Bardsley Construction, once completed for client Trafford Housing Trust, the development will offer 29 apartments, eight retail units to the ground floor and nine houses with communal car parking.

The installation of 2,030m2 of Metsec Metframe, worth almost £450,000 to the company, has already been completed, with works commencing in July 2019. Mansell Finishes’ associated works package also included RCM external boarding, SMD Steel Decking and the installation of internal and external panels plus staircases. Concrete floors have been reinforced by Hy-ten rebar and mesh over the three-floor development.

Drylining works commenced on-site in October 2019 and will take 19 weeks to complete, with Mansell Finishes’ involvement in the project finishing in February 2020. Worth just over £350,000 to the company, Mansell Finishes works will include 15,200m2 of drylining, 2,600m2 of ceilings, 11,800m2 of plastering and 210m2 of SFS.

Previously a traditional build, Mansell Finishes worked closely with Metsec, Bardsley Construction and AEW Architects on the Metframe drawings. Pre-panelisation of the Metframe structures was undertaken at Mansell Finishes’ production facility in Middleton, Manchester and panels delivered to site at the exact time they are required using just in time delivery logistics. Once the panels were delivered to site, Mansell Finishes operated the crane to move the panels into place.

Steve Green, Operations Director at Mansell Finishes, comments: “The fact that we are highly experienced with both Metframe installations and drylining works was a key factor in us being successful in the competitive tender for this development. As with any project that utilises a Metframe system, the development will offer a high level of sustainability and quality while delivering a quicker return on investment for Trafford Housing Trust. There were many challenges to overcome, not least constructing on a confined site. However, utilising the latest building techniques the end result will be a contemporary development that will be an asset to the local community for many years.”