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Contractor chosen for first phase of Lancaster Canal Quarter development

The contractor has been chosen for first phase of the Canal Quarter development in Lancaster.

Eric Wright will be responsible for building Coopers Fields, a 139-home affordable housing project, that will cover around two acres of city council-owned car parks off Leonard’s Gate in the ‘masterplan zone’.

The scheme promises ‘sustainable urban living by maximising renewable energy opportunities and looking to reduce the impact of the construction process by minimising elements of embodied carbon where possible.’    

Phil Brown, commercial director at Eric Wright Construction, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with the area, having delivered the Caton Court project and the Luneside student accommodation project and look forward to utilising our knowledge of green buildings and Passivhaus principles developed on previous schemes to deliver a highly sustainable project.” 

Cllr Caroline Jackson, deputy leader of Lancaster City Council, said: “A key ambition of the Canal Quarter Masterplan is to breathe new life into this area of Lancaster by providing local people and families with much-needed affordable housing.  

“The council has appointed Eric Wright under Pre-Construction Services Agreement to collaborate with the design team under early contractor engagement protocols, taking a major step forward in making the ambitious housing vision a reality.” 

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