International design and architecture practice, Farrells, has been appointed to lead the masterplanning team for the landmark Northern Gateway project.
The residential potential of the area, which stretches from Victoria Station to Collyhurst, is being unlocked through a partnership between Manchester City Council and the developer, Far East Consortium.
It will generate more than £1bn of investment over the next decade and provide more than 10,000 new homes in sustainable, world class communities.
Farrells will place an emphasis on design quality and sustainability, open space, reactivating the vicinity of the River Irk, and enhancing public transport infrastructure which will include green walking trails and cycling routes. In doing so, Northern Gateway will allow Manchester city centre to expand northwards by providing a mix of high quality housing in well-planned new areas.
The over-arching vision of the scheme is to create a series of distinct yet clearly connected communities. This approach will open and enhance the area’s hidden and often ignored natural resources as well as its prime location close to Manchester city centre.
Founded by Sir Terry Farrell – who was born in Sale, Cheshire – the company provides expertise in architecture, urban planning and design, interior design, project management, and other specialist areas, operating from offices in London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Manchester, and Hong Kong. In Manchester staff will work alongside the FEC team at its new project office in the Northern Assurance Buildings on Albert Square.
Gavin Taylor, regional general manager of Far East Consortium, said: “We are proud to be working closely with Manchester City Council to deliver the vision for the Northern Gateway. At FEC, our aim is to create communities for future generations and this is made possible by building strategic partnerships and working with highly experienced, globally renowned firms.
“We are delighted to welcome Farrells on board as masterplanners. Renowned for its role in the delivery of landmark schemes worldwide, the consultancy brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to deliver the vision for a new destination in Manchester.”
Sir Terry Farrell, Founder of Farrells commented: “We are thrilled to be working with FEC and MCC to create this new landmark scheme which will be a big step forward for Manchester’s ongoing regeneration. We’ll be sitting literally side by side in our co-located offices, making sure it works for the city, the region and those behind the investment.
“Through its sheer scale and it’s incredible natural, heritage and community assets the Northern Gateway will play a significant part in enhancing Manchester’s presence nationally and globally. We will be making an amazing new place where people love to be, so watch this space.”
Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This is an important milestone and marks the start of more detailed consultations on how we transform this part of the city with new neighbourhoods to make sure we can meet a significant demand for world-class housing. The city continues to grow and expand and we will be talking to existing residents, business and other stakeholders about our shared vision and ambition.”
Also appointed to Northern Gateway are planning consultancy HOW, landscape architect Planit IE, engineering, transport, remediation and sustainability specialist Arup and cost consultant Turner & Townsend.