The scheme was approved in principle in May 2021. Credit: via planning documents

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.  

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I remember when Gaythorn gasworks was cleared. Takes a lot of clearing for such polluted land but now look at it…First St. shows what can happen to derelict old land when you invest.

By John

Have MCR actually ever built anything significant?

By Time and tide

Remediation of redundant gas works is difficult though. Just ask Berkeley Homes about their site in Southall, West London, or rather google some recent news articles which discuss some of the issues faced by home owners on that site.

By Petrol head

Like the tall building, especially the top floors.

Unsure about the light coloured brick on the two smaller buildings though – (have to wait for them to be finished to judge). Also why are so many of these new buildings offset at angles rather than more in line?

By MrP

A welcome addition to the Victoria North project, its great to see a scruffy brownfield site being redeveloped.

By Mike

Looks like a lighthouse. Poor design yet again.

By Dave

Shame nothing more fun could be done with the gas works, similar to Coal Drops Yard. Do appreciate the economics of Bradford Rd. a little different from the back of Kings Cross / St. Pancrass!

By Anonymous

They need a Metrolink stop near this. There s are too many people now for a traipse to Victoria.

By Elephant

Wish the CGI was more detailed so I could pass my expert opinion on these flats

By Balcony Warrior

Significant? What an odd statement, not to say poor Grammar. Well the Chrysler building would be nice, or the Palace of Versailles on Cheetham Hill Rd, but that’s not likely is it? More reading less spiteful ranting and you’ll find out a lot more and probably feel happier.

By Sulky Sue

Excellent design and great to see the old Gas works being utilised with continued investment. Result!

By Reg

Looks all the same in Manchester eek

By Anonymous

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