MCR ready to move on 1,200-home Manchester resi
The developer is aiming to start the redevelopment of the 6.6-acre former Rochdale Road Gas Works next year after finally securing planning approval.
Manchester City Council’s planning committee granted conditional consent for the scheme in 2021 but it has taken until this week for the decision to be formally handed down.
Armed with planning permission, MCR Property Group is aiming to make up for lost time and deliver the 1,200-home Gould Street scheme.
Nick Lake, fund manager at MCR Property Group, said: “We are thrilled to announce the recent planning approval for one of our largest residential projects to date on Gould Street, a key component of the larger Victoria North masterplan. This marks a significant step forward in our commitment to the future of Manchester.
“We’re gearing up to begin construction in early 2024, creating a vibrant community hub. The project will blend residential spaces with commercial opportunities and will include a new tranquil public green space.”
He added: “Our team is excited about this project, and we have been diligently refining our placemaking plan to ensure the development is not just a success, but a true asset to the city.”
The scheme comprises nine blocks ranging from eight to 33 storeys on the former Rochdale Road Gas Works site, the latest project in Manchester’s £4bn Victoria North masterplan.
The site, which would require extensive remediation before construction could begin, forms part of The New Town neighbourhood outlined in the Victoria North Strategic Regeneration Framework – a vision to redevelop 383 acres north of the city centre being delivered by FEC for the city council.