May start for phase two of Manchester Waters 

Contractor Vermont is preparing to start building the first of three blocks that make up the next chunk of X1 Development’s 742-apartment scheme on Pomona Island. 

Construction of X1’s 14-storey Block C, which comprises 190 apartments, is due to start in May and complete in August 2023, according to a construction management plan submitted to Trafford Council. 

Blocks D and E, at 16 and 18 storeys respectively, will follow at a later date. 

In total, phase two of Manchester Waters is to deliver 526 one- two- and three-bedroom apartments. 

Meanwhile, the first phase of the project is close to completion. Work on Block A, comprising 75 apartments, concluded last summer while Block B, which features 140 flats apartments, is nearing practical completion. 

The scheme is designed by Liverpool-based architect Falconer Chester Hall and falls within the wider Pomona Island masterplan, which is in the process of being drawn up by Peel L&P. 

The developer intends to publish a masterplan for the 26-acre site, drawn up by Jon Matthews Architects and planning consultancy Turley, for consultation later this year. Exterior Architecture is working to develop the public realm proposals. 

Pomona Island, which Peel has rebranded as Manchester Waters, is a swathe of land that sits between the Bridgewater Canal and the Manchester Ship Canal west of the city centre, straddling Trafford, Salford and Manchester local authority areas.  

The masterplan for the site is being drawn up to map out the regeneration of undeveloped land to create a 2,500-home mixed-use scheme. Up to 11 acres of public realm, as well as improvements to canal paths linking the site to MediaCityUK and Manchester city centre, are also proposed. 

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Hopefully the planned pedestrian bridge connecting Ordall and Pomona will come to fruition soon. This will provide a fantastic amenity for residents there, much improving the appeal of the riverside for recreation and improving connections to metrolink.

By Bridgy

Looks interesting. Shame they chose to change the name Pomona Island is a cool name

By JTed

UGLY, nothing else to say!!

By E. Wilson

Firstly I hope that they have included balconies. I also agree with the previous comment re:a bridge, for cycles and pedestrian use.

By Robert Fuller

Pomona – one of Manchester’s biggest lost opportunities to build something truly special

By Anonymous

Such a fabulous location with transport links, two canals giving exceptional connectivity


Designed to cutting edge 2004 standards

By Clue

Basically a bigger version of Budenberg in Altrincham. Agree the change from Pomona Island is a negative move.

By Anonymous

They looked obsolete when the initial plans were drafted decades ago.
A missed opportunity for Pomona Island

By Obsolete

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