McGoff Group completes £85m Salford Development

The McGoff Group has completed Downtown, its £85m 374 Manhattan-inspired apartment development on the banks of the River Irwell in Salford, 14 months ahead of schedule. Located on Woden Street, the development was designed by Leach Rhodes Walker Architects and built by McGoff Construction, part of the McGoff Group.  Partners during the build programme included Heyrods and HE SIMM.

Right from the start, Downtown has been a huge success for the McGoff Group, with all properties sold off-plan. The range of one, two and three bedroom apartments, combined with its convenient location on the Salford and Manchester border, resulted in high demand for the properties from overseas investors, with the sales secured in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai through Alliance Property.  UK investors as well as owner-occupiers keen to reside at the city centre’s most desirable residential address also snapped up the apartments.


Phase I of Downtown (164 apartments) completed in April 2019.  Completions for Phase II are now underway for the remaining 210 apartments, with Manchester law firms Fieldfisher and Beyond Corporate both involved in the transactions.

Paul Danks, Group Sales Director at McGoff Group, comments: “Downtown has been an incredible success story for the Group, both in terms sales and the faster than anticipated build programme, which meant the development was completed approximately 14 months ahead of schedule. “Following the completion of Phase II, we are very much looking forward to our continued involvement in the residential asset management of this exciting building, ensuring our residents truly enjoy their stay at Downtown.”


Due to the success of Downtown sales, the McGoff Group established Downtown Asset Management (DAM) to oversee building management, lettings and property management, plus other services such as bespoke furniture packs.

Downtown is an iconic building in Manchester’s skyline featuring six statement blocks, interlinked, with each boasting a stunning exterior that has been cloaked with a glistening façade of gold coloured panels. The apartments have floor to ceiling windows offering outstanding views and a contemporary open-plan layout, with some benefiting from private terraces. The development offers high end hotel-style services including a lobby with 24 hour concierge, gymnasium, thermal suite, media room, postal room, private dining and business centre.  It also provides secure undercroft parking, landscaped grounds, residents’ roof garden and terraces.

The Unbreakable McGoff Group

In 1973 Jim and Ethna McGoff launched the trusted,regional contractor known as McGoff & Byrne. 47 years on, McGoff Construction sits at the heart of a £150m domain of like-minded businesses collaboratively forming the McGoff Group.

A seamless ability to acquire, design, build, operate and maintain across targeted healthcare, residential and commercial sectors has provided the platform for the Group to cement itself as the favoured choice for clients, funders, JV partners & supply chain partners alike.

The Group is driven by second-generation family values, innovation, construction excellence and operational expertise. In an ever-changing, challenging environment the McGoff name signifies quality, agility and above all an unbreakable force that is well equipped to sustain the business for future generations to come.

Market 41 Update


Over the course of the last 12 months the McGoff Group has been busy behind the scenes investing heavily in Market 41. They have legally acquired the land, finalised the design of Market 41 and started speaking to interior designers regarding the look and feel of the food hall. They have also commenced a pre-construction programme, which includes the clearing of the site, working with quantity surveyors to review the materials required for build and liaising with suppliers so that a budget for the cost of the building itself can be calculated, and collating additional costs, ie: business rates.

They have also established a sizable Market 41 team, with several specialist companies assigned to assist with the delivery the project; Street Design Partnership on the architecture and design, No Chintz and Philosophy PR. McGoff Construction has been appointed for the build, which includes planners, estimators, design managers, health and safety consultants plus support services, and at the Altrincham Head Office, a team of five directors and managers will play an integral role in this project.

The McGoff Group are absolutely committed to delivering Market 41 and the operating and financial model is now in an advanced position. With Market 41 being a truly bespoke new build food market hall, the first of its kind In the UK, they have naturally faced some challenges with regards to operation and management. They have taken their time to come up with some innovative solutions that will ensure Market 41 is a success from day one, both for the company and the traders involved. The next step is to secure circa £3m funding for the build, then they can start on site. The McGoff Group have a meeting scheduled with Trafford Councillors at the end of this month, at which they will be requesting local authority assistance with regards to the business model, financial liabilities and the way in which business rates will be apportioned for traders.

In terms of traders, interest from potential operators has been overwhelmingly positive with hundreds of applications received. The McGoff Group regularly meet with traders to feed into the project and keep them updated on its progress. They have also started to compile a really strong shortlist of traders, which they believe to be the right mix for Urmston, and will soon be entering into advanced discussions with all of the potential operators. The McGoff Group are excited about Market 41 and believe anticipation is really starting to mount, not only in Urmston but across the North West, which is fantastic and a great platform to build upon. They believe that food markets are the way forward, presenting exciting opportunities for operators and local job creation, but also in bringing communities together.

New £15M Care Home is opened by residents and Lord Mayor

The doors to a new £15m care facility on Liverpool Road in Formby have been officially opened by two of its first residents along with the Worshipful Mayor of Sefton, Councillor June Burns.

Known as Formby Manor, the expertly designed and purpose-built 76-bed care centre is already home to Eileen Bynoe and Jean Timmins who joined the Lord Mayor in cutting a red ribbon to perform the official opening and accompany her on a VIP tour of the new care facility.

Operated by New Care, Formby Manor will set new standards in Merseyside offering high quality, person-focussed care and an exceptional clinical offering that includes residential, nursing and specialist dementia care services.

Ensuring a home-from-home environment for residents, it boasts well-appointed private bedrooms with en suite wet rooms and a host of hotel-style services and communal areas including lounges, dining rooms and club rooms, a fine dining daily menu, hair salon, nail bar and concierge.  Residents also benefit from secure landscaped gardens and a busy and varied programme of events.

80-year-old, Jean Timmins, commented: “Since the day I moved in just over three weeks ago, I have enjoyed living here at Formby Manor.  I feel part of a warm and friendly new community and am looking forward to our family growing as new residents join us over the coming months.  It was a privilege to officially open our wonderful new home along with the Lord Mayor.”

Councillor June Burns commented: “Formby Manor is a stunning care facility.  It is evident that so much investment has gone into the development and the care home is superb, offering exceptional care services.  It was a pleasure to meet the team and take the first tour around to see the high quality of care, exceptional interior and fabulous quality of life that residents will have at Formby Manor.  I am very impressed.”

CEO at New Care, Chris McGoff, added: “We are thrilled that the Lord Mayor was able to take time out of her busy schedule to officially open Formby Manor for us.  We are incredibly proud of the care facility and were delighted to give her a preview tour.  The cutting of the red ribbon with some of our residents was a truly memorable way to mark the occasion.”

Formby Manor was financed by Puma Property Finance.  Investment director Tony Throp added: “We have a long record of working with experienced care home operators and are pleased to have continued our support of New Care by financing this latest development which will deliver high-quality care for residents of the Formby area.

New Care named ‘Property Developer of the Year’ at Health Investor Awards

Development-led care home operator New Care, part of the Altrincham-based McGoff Group, has been named Property Developer of the Year at the prestigious Health Investor awards.

Held annually to recognise best practice in the business of healthcare, the awards set the standard for achievement within the health and social care sector and are well recognised as one of the leading barometers of a company’s success.


Committed to continually improving care standards for the elderly, New Care was presented with the award for its contribution to the ongoing procurement, design and delivery of outstanding, purpose-built care facilities across all areas of the UK.

Working closely with its construction partner, McGoff Construction, also part of the McGoff Group, New Care is currently responsible for a significant percentage of the new build care facilities currently under construction in the UK; building homes to operate itself under the New Care brand, but also for some of its competitors and the industry’s biggest operators.

It is New Care and McGoff Construction’s unrivalled ability to source the land and design, build and specify the care homes to an exceptionally high standard before delivering them turnkey to a customer or choosing to operate themselves that makes them a formidable operator in the sector and attracted the attention of the judges.

CEO at New Care, Chris McGoff, said: “On behalf of everyone at New Care and McGoff Construction we are thrilled to receive the Property Developer of the Year award from Health Investor.  Since New Care was established just 10 years ago, we have continually striven to design and create buildings that provide the very best settings for care.

“On target to meet our aspirations of delivering approximately 20% of the UK’s annual new build output by the end of the year, we are currently on site with 10 projects, an additional six are due to start build very soon with more to follow in the planning pipeline.

“Working with the dedicated team at McGoff Construction enables us to fulfil our aspirations for exceptional design while also delivering projects on time and to budget without any delays to the construction timeframe along the way.  It really is the perfect partnership.”

New Care takes a leaf out of Willy Wonka’s ‘pure imagination’

New Care is proud of its long-standing partnership with Oomph, the UK’s leading wellbeing business for older adults.  Together we aim to enhance the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of all residents living in one of our stunning ‘new generation’ care facilities. Through the provision of innovative exercise, a variety of activities and engaging trips outs, we can positively encourage a full and active life for all, regardless of age and ability.

Amaarah Issat

As part of this partnership, we host a monthly golden ticket draw at each of our care facilities, rewarding a member of the team for a ‘special staff and resident moment’.   From making a residents’ wish come true through organising a special activity to simply spending uninterrupted quality time with a resident listening to their stories, lots of special moments take place within the home, all of which are worthy of recognition.

This month, we decided to host a very special Willy Wonka-themed Golden Ticket sweepstake, with some superb prizes up for grabs for the lucky team member.  In Nottingham, Amy Simpson (wellbeing coordinator) at Ruddington Manor won an Apple Watch whilst Frankie Walsh (wellbeing assistant) at The Grand won £500 worth of gift vouchers.  In the North West, Malcolm Angus (care assistant) at Ashlands Manor in Sale won a 50” Smart TV, Ammaarah Issat (care assistant) at The Hamptons in Lytham St Annes won an Apple Watch and Steve Davies (maintenance manager) at Grosvenor Manor in Chester won £500 worth of gift vouchers.

Back l-r Stacey Berry, Dominic Kay and Rosalinda Sidderly. Front, Skye Smith

New Care’s Chairman, Dominic Kay aka Willy Wonka, personally visited each home to pick at random the winners and present each of the lucky team members with their prizes.  Supporting Dominic were the care home managers, who either dressed up as an Oompa Loompa or enlisted the help of one of the staff.

It was a fantastically fun day with, in the words of Willy Wonka, ‘little surprises around every corner.’