“Building this very demanding and complex building required a lot of expertise and experience. It’s often the case that the more specialist a scheme is, the further afield you have to go for your suppliers and materials.
“But we have been able to source a vast amount of the services within the North West and North East of England, competitively. That says a lot about the strength of what is sometimes called the ‘Northern Powerhouse’.
“What it also shows is how effective construction projects are at creating local economic benefits. There is no better way to regenerate an area than to build there, because so many of the knock-on benefits are felt by the small businesses who service the work we do.
“Manchester alone provided our tarmac works, wall mirrors, timber flooring, floor finishes, scaffolding, steelwork, drainage, security, sheet piling, excavation, and mechanical and electrical to name just some.
“We estimate around 70 per cent of people who worked on the scheme live within the north west including 24 per cent from Salford and central Manchester.”