Addington FEC New Cross
Manchester City Council granted the scheme planning approval in January

FEC eyes autumn start for Addington Street

Chloé Vaughan

Developer Far East Consortium said it plans to start work on its 80-home scheme in New Cross this autumn, with an 18-month construction schedule.

The homes on offer will include 71 apartments and nine townhouses on a 0.3-acre site bounded by Addington Street, Cross Keys Street, Marshall Street and Chadderton Street.

Approval on the stepped six- to nine-storey building, called New Cross Central, was secured at Manchester’s January planning committee.

According to the developer, the scheme “pays homage to the history and character of Manchester with a robust brick exterior and exposed concrete walls on the interior”.

The Hawkins\Brown-designed development is targeted at owner-occupiers with prices beginning at £199,950. Sale of the properties will be launched on 19 March, FEC said.

The scheme falls under the New Cross Development Framework, which aims to bring more homes to the city centre.

It is also part of the first phase of FEC’s £1bn Northern Gateway masterplan, which is set to bring 15,000 homes to the city. Another element of the Northern Gateway Masterplan, in Collyhurst, has entered its first phase of public consultation this year. An application for the 330 homes in Collyhurst Village and South Collyhurst is expected to be submitted in July.

Hilary Brett, project director at FEC, said: “We are really excited to be progressing with the New Cross development and can’t wait to officially launch in March. With Hawkins\Brown we have designed a great scheme which we know will appeal to owner occupiers.

“New Cross Central is our second scheme in the city and will contribute to the ongoing regeneration of New Cross, and hopefully, act as a further catalyst.”

Marvin Chik, associate director at Hawkins\Brown, said: “The challenge was to deliver 80 homes on a dense city-centre site and create an offer for future residents.”

Avison Young is FEC’s planning consultant.

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When you see they are building 80 dwellings on a 0.3 acre plot, it makes you wonder if the tower blocks built in the 70s and 80s as social housing is exactly what will sort the problem now.

Outside of the CC resi land in deprived areas is around 750k-1m per acre. Building at height is the only logical way to make use of the land, as they seem to be doing in the cc .

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