Public consultation on Manchester City Council and FEC’s £1bn Northern Gateway, set to transform a swathe of the city, will close today ahead of a final framework for the project going to the council’s executive in November.
The partners have held a near two-month consultation process on the plans, which will see nearly 15,000 homes and extensive regeneration delivered across Collyhurst, around Queens Park, the Irk Valley, New Cross, and Rochdale Road. A series of events have been held both in the city centre and in the areas impacted by the scheme over the past six weeks.
Split into seven neighbourhoods, the framework outlines residential-led development starting around Victoria Station and following the passage of the River Irk, incorporating Sandhills Park, Collyhurst, the Smedley Dip, and New Cross.
There is also potential for a New York High Line-style park at Red Bank viaduct; a public square around the Marble Arch pub, and a “Brewery Quarter” near Victoria Station. The first homes will be built in Collyhurst, with around 400 to be delivered directly by FEC; around 110 of these will be affordable.
Following the consultation’s close, feedback from the public will be weaved into the masterplan before it goes to Manchester City Council’s committee in November for final approval.
The professional team features masterplanner Farrells; Turner & Townsend; landscape architect Planit-IE; Arup; Buro4; and planner GVA How.
- Read Place North West’s special report on the Northern Gateway including an interview with project director Tom Fenton here.