City Gateway Ardwick Green Manchester Masterplan July 2020
City Gateway area identified by Deloitte in the masterplan for new development, shown in brown

Ardwick Green framework taps area’s potential

Paul Unger

High-density affordable residential developments stepping down from Piccadilly and Mayfield alongside the Mancunian Way are proposed in a draft masterplan by Manchester City Council, now open for public consultation.

The council said future development in the area will need to take into account the principles agreed through consultation in the Ardwick Green Neighbourhood Development Framework.

The 25-page masterplan prepared by SimpsonHaugh & Partners, with input from Arup and Deloitte, addresses six distinct “character areas”.

Ardwick Green Masterplan Six Character Areas July 2020

  1. Ardwick Green Park | Potential for better lighting, play and civic spaces. Potential to reinstate the built form to north and south of the Green
  2. Community Hub | School, health and education amenities. Opportunity for convenience retail and better connectivity to Ardwick with new controlled crossing on Ardwick Green South and improvements to the crossing points around the roundabout to ease circulation
  3. Ardwick Green North | Residential core with mix of listed buildings and heritage. Opportunity for new communal spaces and sensitive renewal of housing stock, a green buffer to Mancunian Way
  4. Ardwick Green South | Fragmented land use, industrial and commercial opportunities, develop brownfield land
  5. Knitting District | Characterful and historic red brick buildings, warehousing and commercial district. Chance to repair the urban grain in appropriate scale and massing, suitable for mixed-use to provide 24-hour activity and safety
  6. City Gateway | Link to Mayfield with taller higher density new builds, replacing under-utilised land uses and addressing the Mancunian Way, in a complementary relationship between old and new
  7. Union Street | Higher density development proposed stepping down to existing residential core, replacement of brownfield land, environmental improvements, mixed-use, local amenities.

Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “Ardwick is a hidden gem, right on the doorstep of Piccadilly Train Station and a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. Add into the equation a big public park, affordable homes and the Apollo music venue, this should be one of the most popular places to live in the city.

“No-one knows the potential of an area like the people who live and work there. And I would urge as many people as possible to take part in the survey. The voices of the local community will be invaluable in ensuring that future development reflects, and protects the unique heritage of this area, whilst at the same time meeting the needs of the community.”

Ardwick Green Masterplan July 2020

Current buildings, marked in grey, are typically two or three storeys

Ardwick dates back to the 13th century and became a pleasant and wealthy suburb of Manchester, charactierised by Georgian villas around the green. By the 19th century the industrial revolution led to rapid population growth and Ardwick became densely populated by the working classes, according to the heritage study for the masterplan produced by Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture.

Affordable housing will remain a central principle of the Ardwick approach, the council said, “helping to meet demand for new high-quality affordable housing, close to the city that Manchester people can access and lay down roots”.

The consultation asks how the three-acre green at the centre of the area can be better used, and how the community can be better connected to the rest of the city.

The Ardwick Green consultation is now live and will close on 21 August.

Union Street Ardwick Green Manchester Masterplan July 2020

Union Street could see new buildings step down from Mayfield to existing properties on Brydon Avenue

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Great potential here. One of the few Georgian areas in Manchester. This could be our Shoreditch.

By Elephant

Liverpool has a fine genteel Georgian Quarter laden with elegant townhouses, and overlooked by the Neo Gothic Anglican Cathedral. Manchester has Ardwick Green. Only a fool could compare the two.

By Liverpool romance

Fantastic news

By Anonymous

This is a great idea. Ardwick is a very drab and depressing area at the moment and could do with some attention. I do wish Manchester would build proper housing instead of the Lego set boxes that have sprung up everywhere.

By Sue Denim

Sue Denim: Ardwick is drab & depressing because MCC have failed to deliver previous commissioned regen strategies for Ardwick over the past 15 years. Sadly this ‘new’ plan fails to consider existing communities and their needs – for example its role as a major migrant ‘reception’ space, and just looks at the physical aspects. Although when you look at the team behind it you can understand why.

By MancLad

@manclad – this is the next stage of 8 months of consultation already taken, so please respond to the survey to give your views!

@liverpoolromance I’m a scouser and it would be foolish to compare the two (it doesn’t as far as I can tell), but it is true that both have Georgian architecture that should be celebrated!

By Anonymous

Surely the Ardwick Green roundabout is crying out for an “elevated pedestrian & cycle way” to make circulation much easier and attractive?

By Anon

Ardwick Green is overlooked by the beautiful Duchy of Lancaster building to the Northwest, St Thomas’ Centre and Georgian houses to the Northeast, and the iconic Apollo to the Southeast, and the Green itself is lovely. This does have great potential, but does the City Council have what it takes to make it happen?

By Anon

I think it’s a fine opportunity to trial out elevated cycle lanes, encompassing the Mancunian way. Its a great location, on the south east lip of the city. I’d like to see boûles courts on Ardwick Green.

By Robert Fuller

Who the hell wants a ‘migrant reception area’ anywhere, Sue? Few to none. Illegal people trafficking with those that can do nothing here is a disgrace and stain on the UK and morality.

Regards Ardwick, why is the station to the east not being renovated? Why is there no tram plan for Oxford Road to the west of this, or one through the middle of Ardwick? The problem is, Macnhester transport ideas have run out of steam at MCC. Manchester will not become a global city without vast investment in new lines and management and organisation of what already exists with 10 minute metro services across Manchester, Lancashire ans Cheshire.

By Willoughby

I agree with the transport issues. Tram /train /underground or elevated, across the Mancunian way with bike lanes either side of the metro, also pedestrian, wide, green crossings especially across the Mancunian way. I’d like to see boûles courts on the green (a real inclusive pastime, for all ages, approx 18m* of pea gravel, some rakes, score boards, covered areas and of course beer and sausages, April ~September. Also an outdoor market would be a winner, maybe modest amphitheatre for everyday use and performances. A rooftop cinema club with hemp awnings and a great bar, a Michelin star eatery and the area is a valid city centre district. Preserve as much of the Georgian as possible, but build up, 5~12 storys,, roof gardens with grass and meadowseed as standard. Wonder how the geothermal speculation went. Good place for a quality, ethical clothing company. I like Ancoats but this could be better. Gonna have to crack transport though.

By Anonymous