Month: September 2017

Improving the Streetscape of New Cross


Consultation is underway on proposals to preserve and improve the street scene of a key part of Manchester city centre.

The Neighbourhood Development Framework (NDF) for New Cross was approved by the Council in July 2015, to promote and guide future development.

A Public Realm Strategy has now been prepared to provide a coordinated approach to public realm delivery, to ensure that improvements are appropriately funded and are programmed to keep pace with development activity.

It provides an analysis of public realm provision in the historic core of New Cross and a series of interventions that will ensure great public realm to support a successful and sustainable neighbourhood.

The plans would see the traditional grid pattern streets retained, with a greater focus on pedestrian movement and traffic management, to create a safer, greener, more accessible public realm that can support a new, vibrant mixed-use community.

A public consultation aimed at local stakeholders, landowners and developers will run until Tuesday 26 September.

Councillor Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “New Cross is an important new neighbourhood and it is essential that the public realm is improved in tandem with development, to ensure we create the best possible place for people to live.

“This strategy is designed to better connect New Cross with the city centre, to green the main roads that edge it and enhance the existing architectural features and street scene.”

The New Cross Public Realm Strategy can be viewed here:

Comments from stakeholders and members of the public can be made here:


New Homes at Angel Meadow


Plans have been approved for a new residential neighbourhood bordering Angel Meadow Park, one of Manchester’s largest open green spaces.

The £200m scheme by Far East Consortium (FEC) will bring 756 new homes in four buildings with landscaping work to improve access and usage of the park in one of the most historic areas of the city.

The first phase of development will be on Aspin Lane with two buildings, one 17 storeys and the second 22, offering 286 apartments, ranging from one to three bedrooms with lifestyle facilities including a gym and 24 hour concierge.

Aspin Lane will connect the buildings with the wider NOMA estate with ground floor space offering new commercial opportunities.

Later phases will include a 41-storey landmark tower with retail and leisure space on the ground floor and 333 spacious apartments; some of which will feature winter gardens. A landscaped elevated deck above the ground floor will link the park with the new podium via a new series of stepped terraces with incorporated seating areas.

The fourth building has been designed in keeping with surrounding buildings, rising to nine and 12 storeys respectively and provide five three-bedroom townhouses and 131 one two and three-bedroom apartments. A pedestrian walkway will run through the new development, linking the park to the neighbouring buildings, enabling local residents to enjoy Angel Meadow Park.

The scheme has been designed by 5plus Architects with landscaping by Planit-IE.

Off-plan sales will launch in Manchester this Autumn with construction expected to begin in 2018.

  • FEC was selected last year to develop the sites that were jointly owned by the Co-op and Manchester City Council and brought to the market through Manchester Place.