Bradford Road, National Grid, c Google Earth

Cushman & Wakefield is anticipating 'strong interest from commercial and residential developers'. Credit: Google Earth

National Grid puts Eastlands land on the market

Three sites totalling just shy of 16 acres are up for grabs just outside the Holt Town regeneration zone.

National Grid is selling a trio of plots off Bradford Road close to the Etihad Campus and the soon-to-complete Co-op Live arena.

Two of the plots are former gasholder sites, with the largest spanning 10 acres. The gasholder has been removed and the site has been levelled.

The second largest site is a little over five acres and also features a former gasholder, which is in the process of being removed.

The third site is a one-acre landlocked L-shaped plot close to the Blue car park at the Etihad.

The sites have hit the market as the next wave of regeneration in East Manchester gathers pace.

Earlier this month, Manchester City Council announced the project team that would lead the creation of a vision for more than 70 acres between the Etihad Campus and the city centre.

Holt Town is earmarked for 4,000 homes overall.

Justin Anderson,  associate director of development and strategic advisory at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “Due to their unique location, excellent transport links, and proximity to Manchester city centre, we anticipate strong interest from commercial and residential developers alike.

“The sale of this land offers a distinctive opportunity for developers to be part of East Manchester’s successful regeneration and future growth story.”

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The Co-op Live should buy it for parking as there is not going to be enough

By Dan

I am sure there is enough parking for the 25,000 seater COOP Live if the 50,000+ seater stadium copes. On the days both are used anyone driving there must be mad because it will be nothing but grid lock. So youd wanna park far far away!

By J

To Dan, below – more car parking and more cars is not the way forward. Better public transport and upgrades (these are planned) to walking routes is what is required.
In any case, this is prime land for residential and commercial uses.

By PrioritiseCurrentNeeds

No they shouldn’t Dan and there is.

By Don

Re Dan at 11.22 am
The public transport system to the Co-op live arena and the Etihad stadium campus is appalling. The Councils decision to make more and more streets around that area restricted parking for cars will only make the situation worse.
I think the plan for these sites is to use them for hot air balloon moorings for people travelling from outside of Manchester.

By Peter Chapman

Great idea, Dan. That’ll be lovely.

By Anonymous

Dan, over 40,000 people get to and from the Etihad stadium every other week so why should the much smaller Co-op live struggle with parking?

By Anonymous

Families going to Co-op Live will drive. Anyone travelling any distance to a concert ending late will drive, given how quickly public transport options dry up late at night. Anyone who tries public transport once, and finds out how overloaded it is will drive, walking back into town being a less attractive option than the football given things at Co-op Live will end much later. Of course there should be more parking.

By Rotringer

Maybe an ambitious plan to recreate a high rise cluster of offices and residential similar to the Jackson street project

By Stuart

Far fewer people drive to football matches than concerts

By Dan

Would be ideal for hotels. Even some statement gasholder flats style ones

By Anonymous

Oh come on Dan stop trolling, even city pull in more fans than most concerts !

By Dan deman

Just my thoughts:
The L shaped plot by the canal should be a park, given its existing greenery, restrictive vehicular access and main pedestrian access off the canal.
The land off Bradford Road should be housing, with its proximity to the recent Miles Platting development area (most likely additional affordable above the policy minimum).
The land off Alan Turing Way (A6010) should have a residential apartment block with rear parking and the land further along the railway edge should be used as additional parking for the Etihad and Co-op Live.
With this the developers can contribute money through s106 towards transport (Metrolink and Bus), education, highways and NHS.


Hope they retain the last gas holder as its the last historical landmark from the industrial past. They could build within this like in london and places in Germany etc


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