A Place For Everyone


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.


Greater Manchester Housing Deal


Greater Manchester is set to receive £68 million funding to support an ambitious target of delivering 227,200 homes by 2035 and boost economic growth across the Northern Powerhouse.

This funding will support a focus on developing brownfield land for housing and getting more homes built on small sites.

The Government package includes:

  • £50 million for a Land Fund to help councils in the region to prepare brownfield land for housing development
  • taking 4 Housing Infrastructure Fund projects through to the next stage of assessment for funding
  • up to £8 million for capacity funding to boost support for housing delivery across the region
  • £10.25 million funding to help regenerate the Collyhurst Estate in north Manchester
  • new flexibilities on the existing £300 million Housing Investment Fund to allow more homes to be delivered through loans to developers:

Mayor of Greater Manchester Combined Authority Andy Burnham said:

“I welcome this Housing Deal from government and the £50 million Greater Manchester’s Leaders have secured that will allow us to build on more of Greater Manchester’s brownfield sites.

“It brings us closer to our ambitions and is a clear statement of intent as we move towards publishing the rewritten Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

“As we look to build the homes Greater Manchester needs, we must do everything we can to make sure as much brownfield land as possible is made available for development. This is the best way to ensure we minimise the impact on our green spaces.

“But this isn’t just about numbers of homes and land for development. I’ve been clear that I want to see more truly affordable homes built and more homes available for social rent across Greater Manchester.

“I also want the rewritten Greater Manchester Spatial Framework to specify a date by which all new homes built across Greater Manchester should be net zero carbon. This is all part of my ambition.”


Manchester one of the best cities globally for young people


Manchester has been named one of the best cities world-wide for young people to live in according to the Millennial City Ranking – and one of the most popular for students.

This is only the second time the list has been created and aims to pin-point the global cities where digitally intuitive and entrepreneurial millennials are best choosing to make their home.

 Out of 110 cities, Manchester made the top 10 list that looks at four main concerns for young people – does the city have available work, can young people afford to live a good life, is the city open and tolerant, and – importantly – how fun is the city.

In the list, other factors such as internet speed, gender equality, start-up opportunities and progress in the work place were also taken into account to understand the best cities for young people in 2018.

Manchester scored particularly well when it comes to personal freedom and choice, LGBT friendly markers, immigration tolerance, and – of course – nightlife. 

Manchester has also been named fourth most popular place for students to live in the world, behind London and the Australian cities Melbourne and Sydney, according to www.student.com whose research looked at 426 cities across the world. 

The research found that students are will to travels across the globe for higher education and 19% of students studying in the UK are from abroad. At full-time postgraduate level, 53% of students are from outside the UK.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We know that Manchester is popular with young people and the popularity and high-quality teaching at the city’s universities mean more and more graduates are choosing to remain in the city, find a job and lay their roots here. 

“Manchester offers the benefits of some of the world’s most recognisable cities, with great employment opportunities and entertainment – but young people can enjoy these benefits far more affordably than some of the other cities celebrated in the list, like London or New York.

“The City Council also offers a range of advice and support for people who are looking to start and build a business in Manchester, which has proven successful for business from seed organisations through to multi-national business.”


Find out more about starting a business in Manchester 


Summer Consultation on Northern Gateway


The Northern Gateway project is one of the largest programmes of work in the UK and the biggest in Manchester since the regeneration of East Manchester following the Commonwealth Games in 2002.

It stretches northwards from the city centre – from NOMA and New Cross, through the Irk Valley to Collyhurst – and will be the largest contributor to the city’s residential growth strategy with the potential to provide 15,000 new homes to help accommodate a growing population.

The Collyhurst community –  a key area for housing investment – will be one of the first areas to benefit with a new affordability zone created as a focus for mixed-type affordable homes, including new council-owned social housing and a range of accessible housing products for sale and affordable rents.

The ambition is to create vibrant and distinct linked neighbourhoods with good connectivity to employment opportunities.

These neighbourhoods will be linked with green spaces through the Lower Irk Valley and place making – through city river parks and using existing architectural heritage, including railway viaducts – will help create the different characters of each emerging neighbourhood.

As the communities grow, local facilities will also be developed to service the planned population growth with schools, sports and leisure provision and medical services.

The Northern Gateway project is a joint venture between Manchester City Council and property developer Far East Consortium (FEC) and Coun Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We have a once in a lifetime opportunity in the Northern Gateway to improve and develop a huge swathe of unused land within walking distance of the city centre and employment opportunities.

“In doing so we will be able to meet the modern housing needs of Manchester and help build a mix of housing types and tenures to provide a true housing choice for Manchester people – and help meet a huge demand for quality homes in the city over the coming decade.

“We are already in the process of securing additional grant funding to push forward with the first phase focused on Collyhurst – to build new social homes and other affordable housing products – and we will consult with residents around the proposals at our earliest opportunity.”

Gavin Taylor, regional general manager of FEC, said: “With the Irk river valley acting as the catalyst for change, Northern Gateway will unlock the development potential of 350 acres by creating vibrant communities of family homes, parks, schools, healthcare and other public facilities, all linked by new public transport hubs”.

“Alongside the investment by FEC and the council, Northern Gateway offers an unrivalled opportunity for everyone with interests in north Manchester to contribute to its transformation.

“Through our partnership with the city council we are committed to Collyhurst and the delivery of a mix of homes that will meet the needs of existing and new residents, including affordable housing and properties for market sale”.

A draft regeneration framework and masterplan for the Northern Gateway will be brought to Manchester City Council’s Executive committee in June before the start of a full public consultation .




Housing Infrastructure Fund


New Victoria - Muse Developments

New Victoria – Muse Developments

Two contrasting residential developments in Manchester have been allocated monies from the Government’s £5bn Housing Infrastructure Fund.

The sites, one in the city centre and the second in Moss Side, to the south of the city, faced different issues over viability and received support from Manchester City Council to bid for the funding which will unlock the projects.

New Victoria :

A high-profile scheme by Muse Developments for two residential towers next to Victoria Station providing a total of 520 apartments.

Currently a cleared open surface car park, the site has challenging infrastructure demands which to date have made the scheme unviable.

Its location fits the city council’s aspiration to provide high quality housing close to main transport connections and within walking distance of the major employment areas and development would replace an underused site with a gateway scheme, maximizing efficient use of land.

New Victoria was awarded £10.074 m to help remediate the challenging constraints of the site.


Marketed through Manchester Place, Rowlinson Construction won the tender process to develop the site and in December 2016 was granted permission for 54, two and three storey large family homes, 132 one, two and three bed apartments and 72 apartments for retirement living.

Outline planning was also approved for an Integrated Health Care Centre fronting onto Princess Parkway.

The Centre is considered to be a key element in supporting new and existing neighbourhoods and HIF funding was sought to address the viability gap in providing this important facility and the value it would generate.

Supported by MCC the project has been awarded £3.314m.


Stagecoach site - Rowlinsons Construction


Manchester Place chief executive Paul Beardmore said: “The Housing Infrastructure Fund is another important element in getting housing schemes, vital to the continued growth of Manchester, underway.

“Manchester Place continues to work with developers and investors to assist in a variety of ways to help bring schemes forward.”


Northern Gateway Masterplan Team Announced


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.




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.





Combined Residential Growth Action Plan


After eight years of under supply home building in Manchester is back at pre-recession levels.

Projections suggest we will exceed a target of 2,500 new homes per year in 2017/18, and the following year completions should reach 4,000.

A recent report to the City Council’s executive listed 58 residential developments currently on-site that will eventually deliver 7,000 new homes – 5,000 of those in the city centre.

It is expected that nearly 3,000 homes will complete in 2017/18, including more than 1,500 in the city centre.

To maintain this level of home building through the next decade, the residential growth strategies of both the Council and Manchester Place will now be merged as the new Residential Growth Action Plan to ensure key development opportunities continue to be identified and brought to market.

The priority in the coming years is to increase housing supply and density at the conurbation core on brownfield sites within the Northern and Eastern Gateways, as well as emerging neighbourhoods to the south of the city centre, including Greater Jackson Street and First Street.

These areas have the greatest residential capacity and strategic frameworks are in place to support development.

(See the Market Data section)

The Northern Gateway has the potential to contribute up to 10,000 news homes over the next 10-15 years, and holds a unique opportunity to repurpose and repopulate brownfield land close to the city centre, and help integrate neighbourhoods into the extended city centre area.

Collyhurst is a particular focus and it is anticipated that 1,000 new homes will be built in the neighbourhood in the next 10 years. Already, this summer the North Manchester Home Building project will start on sites across the north of the city, delivering 56 direct build homes that are affordable and will be managed by Northwards Housing.

The Eastern Gateway extends from Piccadilly Station out towards the Etihad Campus, and takes in areas of Ancoats and New Islington, Holt Town and Lower Medlock Valley. Each of these areas are considered key for the continuing growth of the city – as well as fulfilling the regenerative potential that HS2 will unlock.

Manchester Life Development Company has schemes totally more than 1,000 new homes for sale and rent, and along with a number of other developers, will bring forward a number of small to large-scale developments to complete the previously fragmented Ancoats and New Islington neighbourhoods.

The city centre will remain a keen focal point for residential development, helping to support the population growth of the city, but also the growth of the entire city region.

In particular, major schemes at St John’s, First Street, Kampus, and Great Jackson Street represent huge residential potential, while also delivering unique and distinct neighbourhoods and create world-class destinations across the city centre.

Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “It’s encouraging that we are beginning to see significant home building return to the city after some years of under supply, and we have some incredibly exciting developments both on-site and in the pipeline.

“Our continued success will be predicated on our ability to forward plan and adapt to the ever changing housing landscape to fulfil the demand that we expect from a rapidly rising population.

“However, it remains as important as ever that we can create true housing choice for our residents, and create homes that people can afford in neighbourhoods they want to live in. This means pursuing our ambitious target to help deliver homes that are truly affordable, across a range of tenures most suitable for our residents. ”

Of 6,000 new homes delivered over the last five years, more than 2,700 were delivered through the city’s Affordable Homes Programme. To cement this ambition, the City Council published its Housing Affordability Framework in January that has set a target to help deliver between 1,000 and 2,000 homes that are affordable each year.

Manchester Place Chief Executive Paul Beardmore said: “The population of the city centre is expected to increase by 26,000 in the next seven years and we need quality homes to accommodate and support this economic growth.”


The Manchester Residential Growth Strategy



Housing Affordability Policy Framework




Northern Gateway Investment Partner Announced


Work to unlock the vast potential of 300 acres of land, collectively known as the Northern Gateway, can begin with the announcement of a pioneering new partnership.

Far East Consortium International Ltd (FEC) has been selected to work with Manchester City Council to deliver the most ambitious housing led regeneration project ever undertaken in the city.

The selection of FEC is expected to generate more than £1bn of investment over the next decade and unlock the residential potential of a key gateway area that sweeps north from Victoria Station taking in the neighbourhoods of New Cross, the Lower Irk Valley and Collyhurst.

The vision is to create a series of distinct yet clearly connected communities making the most of the area’s natural resources including the River Irk and its location close to the city centre.

The partnership will deliver up to 10,000 new homes over the next decade with an emphasis on design quality and sustainability, open space and green walking and cycling routes.

Manchester City Council Leader Sir Richard Leese, said: “This is the latest and arguably the biggest residential opportunity for transformational change in the city that we have yet seen.

“This investment partnership will allow the city core to expand and provide the right mix of high quality housing in well planned new areas to support our continued strong economic growth.

“The Northern Gateway area has the potential to be a new type of neighbourhood unlike any other in the city and we are very impressed with the understanding and shared vision that FEC bring to the partnership.”

Mr. Chris Hoong, Managing Director of FEC, said: “The Northern Gateway is an exciting project for FEC and it is indeed a great honour to share our expertise, experience and determination with Manchester City Council. Our Manchester team on the ground will work with local advisors and contractors to deliver a fully supported Northern Gateway to help bring about a new international experience to this marvellous city.”

Mr. David Chiu, Chairman of FEC, added: “Manchester is famed for its architecture, culture, musical exports and media links along with an impressive heritage of scientific and engineering innovations. Manchester City Council market data shows there will be very strong demand for new homes for a great many years to come. Manchester is a place where people from all walks of life want to stay and where families thrive. We at FEC believe we have all the right credentials to successfully deliver this prominent development.”

The announcement of the Northern Gateway partner follows a comprehensive market bidding process and detailed evaluation over the last eight months.

The Northern Gateway was identified three years ago by Manchester Place as a key area for residential growth at scale and we will continue to provide help and support as the transformational plans develop.

Manchester Place Chief Executive Paul Beardmore said: “The provision of world class housing that people can afford to rent or buy is fundamental to the continued growth of Manchester.

“We have seen a huge increase in residential construction in the last two years but we have to ensure this pipeline continues and that we create neighbourhoods where people from all walks of life want to stay and where families thrive.

“Today’s announcement is a landmark and cements the city’s success in attracting international investment at scale and again shows how our unique partnership approach is delivering real results and providing the new housing we need.

Hong Kong based FEC has already shown its commitment to Manchester, with detailed plans to build 754 new homes around the historic Angel Meadow Park expected to be submitted shortly.