Manchester takes steps to regenerate Holt Town
The city council is seeking a multi-disciplinary team to draw up a “bold and innovative” vision for a 74-acre post-industrial backwater that sits between the city centre and the Etihad Stadium and could support the delivery of 4,000 homes.
Having recently announced plans to revamp unloved areas including Moston Lane, Strangeways, and Wythenshawe, Manchester City Council is now turning its attention to Holt Town.
Little more than a Metrolink stop between the city centre and Manchester City’s stadium to some, city Leader Cllr Bev Craig believes Holt Town is “one of the biggest and most exciting opportunities” in Manchester.
“We have a large area of brownfield land brimming with potential and sat between two of our city’s key areas of economic growth,” she said.
“Holt Town should be bold and innovative – a new and vibrant city centre community that supports our residents to thrive.”
Craig added that the area, which could accommodate commercial space and bolstered digital infrastructure as well as homes, is not without its challenges.
“Despite the pros for this area, we already know that developing this part of the city comes with major complications linked to post-industrial land,” she said. “Regenerating this community comes with real challenges – but they are worth overcoming.”
To do so, Craig said teams bidding for the chance to draw up the Neighbourhood Development Framework for the area must aim high.
“The successful team will help us to realise Holt Town’s potential and they need to share our lofty ambitions,” she said. “We expect exemplar proposals that take our vision to bold and exciting new places. If this is you, we look forward to hearing from you.”
Interested parties should bid via The Chest before 27 November.
The successful bidder is to be announced next February.
Keeping the plates of regeneration spinning
Manchester City Council’s search for a team to shape the future of Holt Town comes in the same month the authority, in partnership with Salford, appointed Avision Young to lead a team to regenerate Strangeways.
The multi-disciplinary team will draw up a 10-year vision for the area aimed at guiding its long-awaited transformation.
Meanwhile, the hunt for a development partner to overhaul Wythenshawe town centre is underway and last week, the city council signed off a framework aimed at guiding the delivery of affordable homes around Moston Lane.