The new arena in east Manchester will act as a “catalyst” to the region’s post-Covid economic recovery, bosses say when they announced it has already signed £ 150million deals with local firms.

Work on Co-Op Live, the 23,500-seat indoor music and sports arena next to the Etihad Stadium, which is expected to be the largest in the UK, has now started in earnest.

The American firm behind it – The Oak View Group (OVG) – announced this week that they have signed a contract with Salford-based BAM Construction to build the world-class arena on the banks of the Ashton Canal.

In addition to building arenas in Hull and Leeds, BAM previously worked on the city’s Etihad Campus training ground, which was completed in 2015, and on Eastlands Asda on the opposite side of Alan Turing Way.

Work on the new arena next to the Etihad has started

And they believe the huge 350 million project, one of the largest to have been launched nationally since Covid began, will give the local construction industry a much-needed boost at a critical time in post-pandemic economic recovery.

BAM announced that it has already placed orders and signed contracts worth 150 million with companies across the region. The OVG bosses boast a “bonanza for jobs and orders”.

Around 9,000 tons of steel mill will be delivered from a depot in Bolton, while a large contract for mechanical and electrical work has been awarded to Wythenshawe-based SES.

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The distinctive illuminated facade and roof are supplied by a company in Cheadle.

“I think this will be a catalyst for Manchester and the region,” said BAM Director Ian Fleming.

“This type of area is a really good place for us.

“And it’s just great to be involved in something that does what it means for the local economy, especially when it comes from Covid.

BAM Regional Director Ian Fleming on site

“Covid hit us very hard, and this project alone with the help of the local community and Greater Manchester.

“This is a much needed boost to the local construction industry at a critical time in the post-pandemic economic recovery.

“We’ve been trying to find local people and local contractors to work on the work, but that’s just the big subcontracts.

“It also goes to all of the local plant rental companies, stationery companies and catering companies in the area who do all of this work for us for materials and the like.”

BAM said their knowledge of the area had already helped with tasks such as grouting the remains of the coal pits that were located below the site.

They focused on being a “good neighbor,” said Ian, causing “as little trouble as possible” for local residents.

“But I think the three years we’ve been here will be really worth it after that,” he added.

“We’ve had a great deal of commitment from day one. We want to make sure this is a world-class arena for Manchester from Manchester,” said Mark Donnelly, OVG’s chief operating officer.

“We want to be very deeply embedded in the region. We’re looking at the campus we’re sitting on, what the City Football Group has been doing in the region, and we want to get some lessons from that and make sure we have a really important key become.” Part of this local community.

(LR) Robert Doherty of SES, COO of OVG Mark Donnelly and Regional Director of BAM Ian Fleming

“We are very excited to start now and very much look forward to finishing and opening the building and hosting world class events here.

“It feels very real when you are there and see progress.”

A 15-year sponsorship and naming rights contract was signed with the Manchester-based co-op group last September after plans for the venue were approved by the city council’s planning committee.

And although the live music industry had to take a 12-month hiatus due to the pandemic, Mark was confident that the events industry would thrive again by the time it officially opened in 2023.

“We don’t know what the situation will be like in a few years,” he said.

“Everyone is finding it a lot cheaper now than it was 12 months ago.

Up to 400 people will work on the site every day

“With regard to the building, we have tried to reflect as much as possible and make it fit for a post-Covid world in terms of health and technology.

“We have integrated as many functions as possible.

“I would like to think that in two years we will come back to people enjoying events like we did before and I think it will be a fantastic time indeed.

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“I think next year is going to be a great year for the industry and that carries over to 2023.

“As a company, we’ve seen very strong demand for events that went on sale this summer and I think people will want to come back to events again.”

However, he said announcements about the first events at the arena would be made shortly before closing in 2023, but had already had talks with artists and promoters, including the project’s investor and ambassador, former One Direction star Harry Styles.

Arooj Ali is the first on-site apprentice

“We have spoken with the organizers throughout the design process, taking their views and feedback into account. As OVG, we have very strong ties to the industry and are confident that we will deliver something that the organizers love and that the artists will love.” .

“And we worked with Harry Styles to make sure this was an area that artists will love and his feedback has been fantastic, to be honest.”

There is currently a small team of around 50 employees on site, which is now surrounded by branded boards.

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However, BAM estimates that more will increase to around 400 people per day at its peak and that a total of 2,000 people will work on the site during the three-year construction phase.

An additional 1,000 jobs are then expected to be created when the arena opens.

The first apprentice to work on site is 20-year-old Arooj Ali.

Arooj from Preston is a prospective site manager who has been working on the project for around a month.

BAM also built the MCFC training ground and Eastlands Asda

She said, “I am very excited to work on this project and I am very keen to inspire other people to join the industry even if they have never considered doing it before as no two days are the same are.

Arooj said BAME women and people may be put off by the industry because of “outdated perceptions”, but that she has “loved” it so far and believes construction will give them more power in schools and colleges.

“It was great, has always changed and developed. There is always something to empathize with,” she said.

“And I learn from the experts what more can you ask for.

“There’s a lot of talk about the new arena in the Preston area, and hearing about a project I helped create was a great way to continue my career in the industry.”

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