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Manchester Building Industry Booming

Posted on 19/07/2017

Focus on large-scale construction projects usually falls on the capital, but northern cities like Manchester and Leeds have also seen significant investment and development in building recently.

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In Manchester, 22 residential projects started construction last year. Manchester Evening News collated a list of the 32 new developments that will change Manchester forever, while new transport links and the rise in city centre living and office developments mean that the construction industry is booming – and it will only be boosted further by the upcoming HS2 rail line project.

The Deloitte's Manchester Crane Survey 2017 looked into the city's development, and found that the scale and volume of construction was unparalleled. Its key findings showed:

  • The number of new starts were up by 40% from previous high (2007)
  • 6,963 residential units will be under construction in 2017
  • Manchester's skyline will be transformed, with six residential schemes over 25 storeys planned for 2017
  • 558,100 sq. ft. of office space was delivered
  • There's been a 63% increase in hotel beds under construction compared to January 2016 and the largest delivery of complete rooms since 2006


But what happens to the waste metal created by this surge in construction work? Some tradespeople, like builders, electricians and plumbers, don't realise that they can sell the scrap metal they've accumulated, reducing their waste costs and recycling materials that could otherwise end up in landfill.

At Singleton's Scrap Metal, we take all kinds of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, including:

  • Copper and lead water tanks
  • Copper and lead pipes
  • Roofing lead
  • Cast iron baths
  • Brass taps and shower heads
  • Electrical wiring and cabling
  • Stainless steel sinks, cookers and hoods
  • Washing machines and dishwashers
  • Farming and garden tools and machinery
  • Metal drums


In our experience, small trade companies either tend to "throw as they go" – disposing of incidental scrap metal in skips or tip runs, or have a big build-up of scrap before action is taken. Neither are ideal for the business – the first option means that any potential income from the metal accumulated from each job is wasted – a shame, when it's not a lot of extra work to separate the metal from other waste products.

The second option means that some tradespeople can't access their workshops, sheds or garages, or have forecourts that end up looking like scrapyards. Not only is this a health and safety nightmare, it doesn't look the most professional (unless you are a scrapyard!), and it can attract crime – if it's visible, scrap metal can still be seen as an easy target for thieves.

We've made it really easy to drop by with your van, quickly get rid of your mixed scrap metal and earn some additional income while you're at it. If you're a builder, plumber, electrician, roofer or general handyworker, and you have scrap metal to sell, call in at Singleton's Scrap Metal and get top prices.

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