Month: August 2016

New Residential Design Standards Consultation


Manchester City Council is developing its own design and quality standard for new housing across the city.


The quality guidance will demand design excellence in all new housing built in the city, set minimum space standards, and ensure high environmental standards.

The draft guide has been drawn up a multi-discipline team of architects and housing professionals, chaired by former RIBA president Stephen Hodder, and covers planning, urban design, place making and architecture.

It is currently out for consultation with residents being asked how they would like communities of the future to look like and what good housing means to them. Views are also being sought from the wider property community.

Architect Stephen Hodder of Hodder and Partners, said: “I’m intensely aware of the importance of the role we have been given. We’re not just talking about the look and feel of new residential development, but a wholesale city-wide approach to how people live, how they interact with the homes they live in and how those homes impact on the carbon reduction ambitions of the city. It’s an exciting prospect, but one that needs to be taken incredibly seriously.”

Make it Manchesterdevelopers must understand the city’s unique character, heritage old and new, density and scale in various parts of the city and appreciate how new homes will fit in to what’s already there.

Make it bring people togethernew homes must encourage a sense of community and neighbourliness, offering a mix of tenures to promote a mix of people.

Make it animate streets and spacesunderstand the relationship between new homes and its environment and create public space.

Make it easy to get aroundmake sure developments have good transport links, along with good walking and cycling provision.

Make work with the landscapedevelopment should improve the connection with the local environment with improved biodiversity, as well as greening and water schemes.

Make it practicaldealing with waste, car parking, bike storage and visitors should be made as easy as possible.

Make it future proofdesign must anticipate the impacts of climate change and extreme weather with efficient design and adaptability.

Make it a homesufficient space, natural light, privacy and storage are essential for people to settle down and flourish.

Make it happen ensuring proposals are delivered, to a high quality, with high design standards and high sustainability.

The full draft guide can be read here

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Partner announced for key residential site



Manchester Place has appointed development partners to deliver around 500 new homes on a key site at the southern gateway to Manchester city centre.


Buccleuch Property, through one of its core residential joint ventures Queenberry Properties, has been selected to develop the site at Little Peter Street that is bounded by Medlock Street, Jordan Street and the River Medlock.

The JV is backed by Dutch based investment management fund Bouwfonds and the deal announcement is a continued signal of strong post Brexit confidence in Manchester by investors – this time from within Europe.

David Peck,
Managing Director, Buccleuch Property

“We are hugely excited about the opportunity Little Peter Street represents and believe its location at the heart of this strategic masterplan makes it one of the most important sites in the city.

“Our vision is for a high quality residential led development that will create a neighbourhood where people will want to live, work and create a sense of community and play.”

The site is part of the wider development framework for First Street which includes the arts centre HOME and the proposed scheme will deliver a split of apartments for sale and rent as well as ground floor mixed use and new public realm.

Queensberry will now work with the City and local stakeholders on detailed plans for the site.

Sir Richard Leese,
Manchester City Council leader

“This development will create another high quality neighbourhood in the city centre, adding to the mix of residential options, providing new public space and opening up the River Medlock to link with nearby neighbourhoods such as First Street.

“It is yet another vote of confidence in Manchester by investors and demonstrates that it is very much business as usual for the City.”

Paul Beardmore,
Chief Executive of Manchester Place

“Manchester Place continues to promote and support great residential growth in the city. This is another example of our involvement in making things happen on the ground and bringing in new names in the world of development and investment.”



Buccleuch Property represents the commercial property interests of Buccleuch operating in the investment and development markets together with significant interests in the strategic land and residential sectors.

With offices in Edinburgh and London it has a market exposure circa £250m through a UK wide investment portfolio, a commercial development pipeline in excess of 2.5m sq ft and a strategic land portfolio with over 12,000 consented residential units.

With an increasing portfolio of opportunities across the UK and with joint ventures in the US and Germany Buccleuch Property is a committed and financially sound primary investor and seasoned JV partner with the benefit of a strong balance sheet and access to long term finance.


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Selective Licensing: Have your say on how to improve private rented housing


The city council is proposing to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in north Manchester to help improve housing standards in areas where there are a lot of private landlords and we want your views and ideas about how we can make this work for everyone.

A 10-week consultation opens today
Visit to see what good housing means to local people and this information will be used to inform a Selective Licensing scheme in north Manchester.

Selective Licensing is a focused programme that requires landlords or management agents to licence their properties if they rent a home in a specific area.

Initially focussed on a small part of Crumpsall, covering an area of around 400 private sector homes, the selective licensing scheme will look to improve management standards and conditions of private rented housing and support the reduction of anti-social behaviour.

Three other pilot areas have been identified – parts of Rusholme, Moston and Old Moat (Withington) – will follow the Crumpsall consultation, and each will be used to monitor the effectiveness of Selective Licensing in Manchester.

Licensing privately rented properties includes mandatory conditions to ensure good management of private properties, including:

  • An up to date gas and electric safety certificate
  • Safe condition of electrical appliances
  • Fitted smoke detectors in a working condition
  • Providing the tenant with a written tenancy agreement
  • Demand a reference for prospective tenants
  • The city council can also attach specific conditions
    to improve specific issues

A landlord must apply for a licence if they rent a property in the licensable area and can be fined for not obtaining a licence.

Cllr Garry Bridges
Manchester City Council’s lead member for Selective Licensing

“We’re proposing a very focused selective licensing area, which means we can concentrate our efforts on a specific part of Crumpsall so that we can be clear on the impact and measure what works and what doesn’t.

“We see this as the first of a number of focussed programmes that will help improve private sector housing for tenants and the wider community, but we would like to know what you think and to hear your experiences of living in the area whether as a tenant or owner, so we can tailor the programme to best suit the local area.”

GP surgery and shops to create new community hub in West Gorton




Works have started on site to deliver a new Community Hub on the corner of Hyde Road and Clowes Street in West Gorton, a key component of the comprehensive regeneration programme that is being delivered to transform the area.

The project is being delivered by LSP Developments on land being made available by Manchester City Council.

The project involves the relocation of the West Gorton Medical Centre from Wenlock Way, together with space for a pharmacy and shop with customer and disabled parking.

The development will also include a significant greening scheme throughout the site, including planting beds, a fruit tree corner and an edible garden – to provide the chance to learn about producing healthy foods.

The overall West Gorton regeneration programme is being delivered in partnership between the City Council, Keepmoat Homes, Matrix Homes and the Guinness Partnership.
The programme has involved the demolition of 440 outdated Council properties, including tow tower blocks, the building of 212 new homes for social rent; and the refurbishment of a further 144 retained homes. Keepmoat Homes are currently on site delivering up to 400 new homes for market sale.

The programme has also involved the extension of Armitage Primary school to provide additional school places, and the redevelopment of the former Fujitsu Complex as “The Space Project”, a purpose built facility for large scale television and film production, which over time, will create up to 500 new jobs.

Before the overall scheme is completed West Gorton will also see a new community park provided, together with other public realm improvements.

The Community Hub is expected to be completed by the summer 2017.

Cllr Bernard Priest,
Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council

“New homes alone cannot make a strong community. A community needs services and amenities to prosper. West Gorton’s regeneration programme is undoubtedly transformational for the area, but without this community hub the area would struggle to attract new families and grow.

“A huge amount of investment has given the area a new lease of life and the hub is what this neighbourhood deserves – one of the final pieces that will make West Gorton a neighbourhood of choice.”

Doctor Mike Eeckelaers,
West Gorton Medical Centre

“This is great news. We have been working with the City Council and colleagues in the NHS for some time to secure a new, modern facility from which we can meet the health needs of the local community. It is fantastic that this is now happening.”

Phil Lilley,
LSP Developments

“This scheme has been in the planning for a number of years. We are delighted to finally be on site and making our contribution to the continued redevelopment of West Gorton”.

Media contact
Simon Walker
0161 234 1010

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Manchester Place and NOMA announce developer for key city centre sites


MP--Angel-Meadow-pic-Manchester Place and The Co-op have appointed The Far East Consortium International Ltd (FEC) to develop key sites close to Victoria Station.

The agreement will deliver more than 600 new homes as part of the NOMA neighbourhood and reinvigorate the historic Angel Meadow park.



Totalling 2.37 acres (0.96 hectares) across four individual sites the new homes will be for both sale and rent and will include a landmark tower.

FEC is a Hong Kong based international property development company which has delivered projects in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore as well as mainland China and Hong Kong.

It recently won planning consent for Alpha Square in London, a scheme that will deliver 700 apartments, a new school and new health hub, hotel and pocket square.

The Angel Meadow agreement was confirmed with a visit to Manchester by FEC managing director Chris Hoong, who met Manchester City Council leader, Sir Richard Leese, Manchester Place chief executive Paul Beardmore and David Pringle, director of NOMA at the Co-op.

Mr Hoong said: “This is one of the most exciting residential opportunities not just in Manchester but in the UK right now and we are very proud and excited to be working with NOMA and the city council.
“We have assembled a team with the skills to deliver a new neighbourhood of international caliber and we would like this to be the start of a long relationship with the city.

“We have the knowledge and expertise to develop and deliver multi billion mixed use landmark schemes and we believe Angel Meadow will be another successful addition to our international portfolio.”

David Pringle, director of NOMA at The Co-op, said: “This is a great step forward for the second phase of residential development at NOMA. The Angel Meadow sites have the potential to redefine city centre living with the added benefit of being situated around a reinvigorated green park.

“With Moda Living’s Angel Gardens scheme also on site this year, NOMA will be providing an outstanding residential offer that supports our plans already underway to create a truly mixed use neighbourhood.”

NOMA is a key city centre location and the Angel Meadow plots mark the first phase of the Northern Gateway, a sweep of land from Victoria station north taking in New Cross, The Irk Valley and Collyhurst which in total has the potential for a new neighbourhood of 7,000 homes supported by social infrastructure.

It has been identified by Manchester Place as one of the major residential growth areas for the city.

Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese welcomed FEC to the city and said: “This is exciting and positive news and we look forward to working with FEC to create new places to live. Manchester continues to grow at pace and we need more high quality homes to sustain that growth.

“This is an important site, close to good transport links, that will help unlock the further residential potential of the Irk Valley and wider Northern Gateway.

“I look forward to seeing detailed plans for homes for sale and rent and improved public realm around Angel Meadow itself.”

Paul Beardmore, chief executive of Manchester Place said: “This announcement demonstrates the value of Manchester Place in being able to bring together international investors, the City Council and land owners in the city in order to broker a significant residential investment and we are pleased to see it come to fruition.”

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