Five core ideas are emerging to ensure the vast potential of the Northern Gateway is developed to create an outstanding new asset for Manchester.
The City Council is working in partnership with Far East Consortium on a draft masterplan that will be open for public consultation later in the year.
Initial ideas are detailed below and there is also a link to a film which captures the ambition for the area.
- The creation of a series of vibrant and distinct new neighbourhoods
Northern Gateway will offer a range of housing for a diverse range of Manchester’s population on a variety of incomes. Distinctive neighbourhoods will contain family housing, with new housing types and new retail and leisure uses.
- The creation of a new transport hub
The area is one of steeply sloping land cut off from the city centre by major transport routes. The Metrolink currently passes through, so the masterplan includes a new transport interchange in the centre of the site at Sandhills, around a new village centre. The river setting will encourage residents to use improved cycling and walking routes to the city centre.
- The re-activation of Rochdale Road
Rochdale Road needs to be made people-friendly with safe crossing points and a reason for people to be there beyond passing through as quickly as possible. Active frontages interacting with the street are needed, along with cycle routes to provide a human scale.
- Capitalising on the area’s architectural heritage
The neighbourhood’s rich architectural heritage includes glorious robust Victorian railway arches. Amazing businesses which occupy the arches, such as the Micro-breweries and distilleries will be supported and celebrated.
- The creation of a City River Park
The heart of Manchester city centre lacks high quality parks and public open space. The City River Park will link the city centre to Angel Meadow through to Queen’s Park and Heaton Park and beyond, and provide flood resilience, biodiversity and health benefits. The River Irk is the site’s biggest and best natural asset, and the masterplan uses the waterway by reactivating the area with urban parkland, changing perceptions and bringing a leisure and recreational resource for an expanding city centre population.
The first phase of mixed-tenure homes – including Council-owned social housing – will transform the Collyhurst community with affordable rented housing and work is underway to identify the best location for these homes.