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Buttress Architects designed the project

FEC lodges Collyhurst Village plans

Dan Whelan

Developer FEC has submitted proposals for the 244-home Collyhurst Village, which also features a three-acre park and 2,000 sq ft of commercial space.

Collyhurst Village is the first phase of the Northern Gateway masterplan being developed by FEC in joint venture with Manchester City Council. The masterplan aims to deliver 15,000 homes across 383-acres north of Victoria train station over the next 15 years.

Prior to masterplanning, the joint venture partners estimated that the value of the Northern Gateway project would be £1bn. A spokesperson for FEC told Place North West the figure has been revised upwards to £4bn. Further clarification has been sought.

According to the Collyhurst Village application submitted to the council this week, 100 of the 244 homes would be designated as affordable. The rest would comprise a mix of 164 houses and 74 apartments, catering for families, young professionals and older residents, Far East Consortium said. 

Collyhurst Village

A total of 100 of the homes will be affordable

Earlier this month, the council granted FEC permission to start a package of enabling works to prepare three plots totalling 8.4 acres for the construction of Collyhurst Village. 

Work on this phase, designed by Buttress Architects, is expected to begin this summer subject to consent and completion is scheduled for summer 2024. Exterior Architecture is the landscape architect for the scheme and Avison Young is the planning consultant.

Close to Collyhurst Village, FEC proposes the construction of an additional 30 council-owned homes off Winscombe Drive, a project called Collyhurst South. Plans for this part of the Northern Gateway are expected to be submitted later this year.     

Victoria Hunter, development manager at FEC, said: “Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen the overriding importance of tight-knit communities, and the role access to high-quality homes, sustainable community assets and green space have to play in facilitating them.  

“It’s our ambition to deliver a vibrant and inclusive neighbourhood that has a lasting appeal for both existing and new residents. In doing so, we plan to champion the area’s heritage and its residents as part of the wider regeneration framework.” 

Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “The Northern Gateway project is hugely exciting for Manchester. Given the economic impact of the pandemic on our towns and cities, the continuation of this investment is encouraging as a marker of confidence that our city will recover and thrive once Covid is behind us.” 

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Costs at £4bn… really?

By GT

I like the greenery and support the redevelopment of this area but the architecture is abysmal. Really bland and forgettable overall.

By Observer

£4 billion divided by 15,000 houses is £266,666 each. These going to be affordable houses then?
Gentrification of Collyhurst here we come.

By Dave

Not sure Observer, these are quite similar to the Buttress work at Valette Square, and they are a very civilised addition to Salford. If Collyhurst is coming up to that standard that feels good, but you wonder how they are going to build a community where existing residents feel it works for them too.

By Rich X

Wow £4bn ? that must be the largest single project in the North at the moment. and it’s actually happening. That’s like another actual town being built within Manchester.

By Robert

100 affordable homes being brought forward out of 244. Finally a developer tackling the issue head on. In what world is that gentrification?

By Alan

People moving here will stay for a few years and leave as soon as they have children, it happens at all of these new inner city schemes.

By Mitch

I wish FEC would actually crack on with something, it’s basically underwritten by MCC and it’s still taking forever, just do it in smaller chunks, it’s been years and years of talking big numbers and CGI’s.

By Alan Innis

15,000 homes and £4bn? Now that is the size and scale needed in the North West to tackle the lack of housing, and they are not just apartments but houses for families. As Manchester continues to expand, long-term commitments like this are needed and very welcome.

By Wiganwarrior

Now that is the size and scale needed in the North West to tackle the lack of housing, and they are not just apartments but houses for families. As Manchester continues to expand long term commitment like this is needed and very welcome.

By Wiganwarrior

The street scenes are all really characterful and it is nice to see the trees really making a positive impact. Please make sure these are properly detailed so they actually look like this in 10 years time-(i.e. not dead sticks-which is so often the case on many other developments). And I think the Architecture is great too.

By Adam Ash

I think this is a fantastic scheme. Looks fantastic the architect should be proud.

By Lee H