Chinese contractor Beijing Construction Engineering Group

Chinese contractor Beijing Construction Engineering Group International has started work on a multi-million-pound scheme at Airport City Manchester.

The project is part of BCEGI’s strategy to expand further in the UK, having established its European headquarters at the site.

The £15m Alpha project is a logistics facility, which forms part of the Manchester Enterprise Zone.

“Alpha is a 130,000 sq ft building which has been specifically designed to meet growing demand for logistics units among small and medium-sized businesses,” BCEGI UK executive director Mr Yew Cheong Lau explained.

“We’ve already got big multinational businesses either on site or set to locate to Airport City Manchester, so to be able to offer small and medium-sized firms the chance to move here to take advantage of the same economic benefits is fantastic.”

BCEGI is working in joint venture with Carillion and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund at Airport City and has tie-ups with contractors on other UK projects.

Earlier this month the Chinese firm began work on Scarborough Group International’s £700m Middlewood Locks development in Greater Manchester.

The firm also partnered with John Sisk & Son and Willmott Dixon in May to bid for a major works package to expand Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2, as revealed by Construction News.

BCEGI has been involved in the wider Airport City Manchester redevelopment since 2013, when it invested £800m in the project.

In 2014, Mr Yan told Construction News that Airport City Manchester was “the start of our relationship with Manchester and the UK but definitely not the last”.