Month: June 2018

New Chief Executive


Jon Sawyer,  Manchester City Council’s new Director of Housing and Residential Growth will also be taking up the role of chief executive of Manchester Place

He succeeds Paul Beardmore, who retired from the Council earlier this year.

Jon is a chartered surveyor with 20 years of experience in advising on, and delivering, high quality new homes for market sale and rent, affordable housing, student housing and housing for older people. This included advising the Council on its Matrix Homes partnership with Greater Manchester Pension Fund. 

He has also held a number of board roles including chair of North East Lincolnshire Housing Partnership, chair of audit at arms length management organisation (ALMO) Nottingham City Homes and as a government-endorsed board member involved in the rescue of failed housing association Cosmopolitan.

He moves from responsible property developer igloo, where he was its head of custom build housing, helping people to design and build their own homes, and takes up post in mid-August.

Jon said: “This role is a huge honour and an exciting opportunity. Manchester is a growing city, a place where more and more people want to live, but that housing demand comes with its own challenges and I’m passionate about ensuring that we have the vibrant places, high quality homes and housing choice which the city will need to meet those challenges in the years ahead.

“One of the things which attracted me to this role was the commitment to innovation and high quality homes which Manchester is already showing. I look forward to working on this important agenda in the years ahead.”

Councillor Suzanne Richards, Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration for Manchester City Council, said: “Our housing strategy, which is focused on delivering the housing Manchester people need now and in the future across a range of types and tenures, is fundamental to the success of the city and meeting the needs of current and future residents.

“This means creating true housing choice for our residents and creating homes that people can afford in neighbourhoods they want to live in.”

Jon takes up both posts on August 1st.

Jon Sawyer

Latest Residential Pipeline Data


 Latest figures show that almost 4,000 new homes are on track to be built in Manchester this year with similar numbers forecast for 2019/20.

While the majority will be new apartments in the city centre there is significant activity in other parts of the city with 943 new homes built this year and another 1,500 anticipated in 2018/19 in neighbourhoods outside the core.

The delivery of new housing of all types and tenures is crucial to support the economic and population growth of the city.

Details below.

Table 1: Total Confirmed and Expected Completions (2014/15 to 2018/19)

  City Centre Manchester (exc city centre) Manchester (total)
Units Number of Sites Units Number of sites Units Number of sites
2014/15* 640 6 744 38 1,384 44
2015/16* 332 10 1,179 43 1,511 53
2016/17* 569 7 1,152 40 1,721 47
2017/18* 1,926 16 943 41 2,869 57
2018/19** 2,533 31 1,450 53 3,983 84

*On all market housing schemes of 10 units or more only & all schemes delivered through the Affordable Homes Programme

**Forecast as of 01/04/18 and subject to change


The growth in residential completions experienced during 2017/18 has been driven by new apartment-led development in the city centre including One Regent (Pictured)  (307 units, Renaker), Cotton Field Wharf (302 units, Manchester Life) and OXID House (119 units, Factory Estates Ltd.).

This is supported by growth in other parts of the city with 79 homes at the Booth Hall in Charlestown (Taylor Wimpey), 79 units at The Woodlands in Baguley (Wythenshawe Community Housing Group) and 73 homes on East Avenue in Clayton (Lovell).

Total units under construction has increased by 30% over the past 12 months from 7,033 in 2016/17 to 9,114 in 2017/18 (see Table 2 below).

In April 2018 there were 37 residential developments on site across Manchester city centre providing c.7,000 new homes. This represents an increase of over 40% in the total number of units on-site in the city centre over the past 12 months (from April 2017).

There were an additional 27 new residential starts during 2017/18 which will deliver a combined 3,768 units on completion – 79% of which will be in the city centre (2,972 units across 16 schemes). This maintains the level of new starts achieved during 2016/17 (3,973 units across 34 schemes citywide).

Notable schemes to start on site in 2017/18 include Kampus on the former MMU Aytoun Street Campus (478 units, Capital & Centric), Manchester New Square on the corner of Whitworth Street & Princess Street (351 units, Urban & Civic) and Melland Road in Gorton (131 units, Great Places).

Table 2: Total Units On-Site

  City Centre Manchester (exc city centre) Manchester (total)
Units No. of Sites Units No. of sites Units No. of sites
2014/15 (end of year) 986 12 2,131 28 3,117 40
2015/16 (end of year) 2,100 15 1,458 28 3,558 43
2016/17 (end of year) 4,954 28 2,079 27 7,033 55
2017/18 (end of year) 7,002 37 2,112 41 9,114 78