Month: July 2016

Work begins on affordable homes in Levenshulme


Great Places Housing Group has partnered with Manchester City Council on a £4.8m project to build a series of new homes at a development in Levenshulme.

Poet’s Place will comprise of 42 new houses and is due to be completed in September 2017. This mixed tenure scheme on Peter Moss Way will include 22 homes for affordable rent and 14 homes for Shared Ownership sale through Plumlife, the commercial arm of Great Places. MCI Developments is also offering six properties for outright sale.



Plumlife’s show home is due to launch in November 2016. Interest in the scheme has been high with the 123 enquiries already received. The site will aim to meet affordable housing needs for residents and is designed to appeal to local working households.

Levenshulme is a key development area for Great Places. Poet’s Place compliments Manchester City Council’s strategy to increase the number of homes available to purchase through Shared Ownership and outright sale in the city. The site, which previously housed industrial units, was designed and built by MCI Developments and has been partly funded by a contribution of £802,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

It’s important we can target people in the city, who would otherwise struggle to find a home either to rent or buy, through genuinely affordable products. We want new housing in the city to be available to as many people as possible. High quality homes across a range of tenures is vital and is something lacking in many new developments.

Councillor Bernard Priest

Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council


Poet’s Place will ensure a range of affordable homes, for sale and rent, are available to the local community. In-line with Great Places’ ethos, we’ll be providing modern and spacious housing in an area where supply is low and helping to make a positive difference to Levenshulme.

Matthew Harrison

Chief Executive of Great Places Housing Group


We’re delighted to commence work in Levenshulme with our valued partners. Initial demand for our outright sale homes is high and our construction programme is already ahead of schedule. The development will regenerate a derelict brownfield site which has been an eyesore for a number of years now.

Andy Garnett

Land Director at MCI Developments

Most properties will include two allocated parking spaces as well as open plan contemporary kitchens, modern bathrooms, a utility room and have a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) environmental rating of at least three stars.

Great Places is one of the largest housing associations in the north of England with a turnover of £84.3m, six regional offices, including a head office in Didsbury and over 18,000 homes in its portfolio.

For more information and photography please contact;

Rachael Richards
Senior Public Relations Officer for Plumlife
t 0161 447 5131 / 07817 498 974

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Funding approved for Phase 2 of The Space Project


Manchester City Council has approved a £14 million investment package to enable the expansion plans for The Space Project in West Gorton, east Manchester to go ahead. Subject to planning, this will Proposals will include the construction of nearly 90,000 sq ft of new buildings for production and related support activities including a 30,000 sq ft stage, more than 6,000 sq ft of offices and green rooms, 10,000 sq ft for set construction workshops and a further 40,000 sq ft of business units for the TV production supply chain across the 6.8 hectare (17 acre) site.


The expansion of The Space Project will satisfy the nationally recognised demand for TV and film production stages as well as support space for the supply chain businesses, which will help grow the sector and allow Manchester to further develop its already prominent position within the UK for media production.

Demand for production space is growing rapidly. Building Phase 2 will help satisfy current and future demand and importantly allow us to accommodate essential supply chain businesses in a production hub which will develop local job opportunities and drive further growth in the sector

Susan Woodward

Founder of The Space Project


The delivery of this next phase will ensure that Manchester and The Space Project stay ahead of the curve against competing facilities, which will enable us to capture future opportunities to locate TV and drama productions in greater Manchester. This will help create a further 275 jobs and boost the local economy by nearly £10million a year.

Sir Richard Leese

Leader of Manchester City Council

The adjacent site – the Armstrong Mill complex – was bought by the City Council in 2014 and demolition is due to be completed this month. The site will then be incorporated within the boundary of The Space Project creating a secure complex for production.

The Space Project opened in October 2014 and was funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) and Manchester City Council. In its first year it has attracted all major UK producers. Clients include BBC, Sky, Channel 4, Sony Big Talk and Tiger Aspect. The first year saw on-site production activity supporting approximately 250 jobs with an associated GVA (Gross Value Added) benefit to the local economy of £9m. The production stages have accommodated some of TV’s most popular dramas and comedies including Cradle to Grave, BBC Two’s highest rating drama origination of the year, Boy Meets Girl, a fifth series of Mount Pleasant, and Paul Abbott’s hit No Offence for Channel 4 as well as CBBC’s World’s End. The Space Project has also become the new home of the BBC’s enduringly popular Dragons’ Den.

It has also hosted Houdini and Doyle, the upcoming American-British-Canadian drama television series based on the friendship between Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle. A 10-episode first session has been ordered by Fox in the United States, ITV in the UK and Shaw Media in Canada.

Following the approval of funding, it is anticipated a planning application will be submitted in April this year. Manchester-based PRP architects, who designed The Sharp Project and The Space Project, have been appointed as architects on this new scheme.

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