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FEC lodged plans for more than 600 flats on Dantzic Street in May

FEC submits triple tower application at Northern Gateway

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Developer Far East Consortium has put in plans for a £185m residential development on the former Angelgate site at Manchester’s Dantzic Street.

The Victoria Riverside scheme, designed by Hawkins\Brown, totals 634 homes across three towers, of 37, 26 and 18 storeys, linked by podiums.

The development includes 611 flats and 23 townhouses.

The scheme is the largest so far to come forward within the wider £1bn Northern Gateway masterplan, which is being delivered in a joint venture between FEC and Manchester City Council. The project could see 15,000 homes built to the north of the city centre over the next 20 years.

The Angelgate site was mired in controversy following the administration of its previous developer, Pinnacle, which collapsed in 2017 owing overseas investors £24m in deposits, for a 344-home project which had been planned at the plot. FEC bought the site at auction in 2018 for £5.2m.

FEC is bringing forward two other residential schemes nearby; at Addington Street in New Cross, and in Collyhurst.

Earlier this year, Manchester City Council announced it had secured £51.6m from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund to help develop the first phase of more than 5,500 homes and remediate around 50 acres of land at Northern Gateway.

The wider masterplan for the 383-acre Northern Gateway was designed by architect Farrells.

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Who knew the urban forests of Manchester were so lush? I hope they survive the next development onslaught.

By Allotmentdad

It’s great to see another derelct spot so close to the city center being developed. It’s great also that this is a riverside development. This will be a fantastic extension down from St Michael’s Flags and Angel Meadow Park.

My hopes is that this project includes restoration of the River Irk. It is currently an embarrasing mess of overgrown weeds. The renderings show a much more attractive Irk riverside. Are there any other cities in the developed world that treats their city centre rivers and waterways with as must distain as we do? Waterfrontage is considered a city’s greatest asset in other countries.

I also hope there is some sort of rennovation in tne rail underpass on Danzig street. Currently it looks somewhat intimidating, especially at night and is wholy unsuitable for a inner city area in today’s day and age.

By EOD

EOD, great post. It’s been a great frustration of mine for many years how the waterways of the central city district are so badly kept. They could be such a great asset for Manchester and Salford but at present are embarrassments. This goes for much of the city centre too. Broken uneven pavements, pavements that never seemed to be cleaned, weeds growing out of many of the railway arches etc., they just make the place look shoddy and unloved. If Manchester & Salford could get these details right, we could have the making of a truly work class city…at the moment we’re a wannabe who is not prepared to put the work in to achieve that status.

By Manc Man

Parks around the river please. Set development back from the waterways.

By Anonymous

Echoing the comments of EOD and Manc Man, I really do hope that this development encompasses the improvements that appear to be shown to the River Irk, and that Manchester City Centre actively encourages all developers invest in the waterways, by making it a condition to do so, and also by making investments in these waterway improvements as a city council.
I’ve thought for so long that Manchester cannot rival global cities, if it doesn’t make the most of the waterways within the city centre.

By Anon

Those towers could look class if they used the right materials

By Anonymous

MCC should refuse this application out of hand…. Not a single balcony in the whole development, are they serious? No way would I want to spend a fortune on rent not to have any personal outdoor space. This is such a basic but important amenity, it’s high time councils clamped down on developers who avoid including balconies. A bit of communal space does not cut it.

By Balcony watch

Its about time this area of the City is being developed. This area along Dantzic St must be the most valuable real estate in the City. When are the rest of the sites along there being developed ? In any other magor city like London or Dublin sites this near the city would be in the £10m per acre bracket. FEC and the Council pulled a fast on on this site, by saying the old planning had expired and then buying it on the cheap as the land then was only hard standing land. Nobody bid against them and they got it for £5.2m. A steal.

By John Oriain

Great views overlooking a caravan and trailer site.

By George Roberts

@Manc Man & Anon, I agree one hundred percent. What shocks me is that even in the main tourist areas the waterways are neglected. Take Castlefield’s canals which are the only bit of waterfront we have that serious effort has been made, and it’s beautiful. It’s the bit we show the world. We tell everyone to go there. Yet have a look at how little maintenance is done and how the weeds along parts of the canal path can reach knee height or higher and how the litter at the end where it meets the Medlock is just shameful – and this is how we treat the most visited tourist spots!

@Balcony watch, I’m also someone who advocates balonies. It’s a bit hard on the taller buildings though, especially in MCR where it can be seriously windy and well.. crap weather. But in lower buildings it should be mandatory, they should be made big enough to comfortably sit 6 people to dine outside and should be made of non flammable materials so people can have gas BBQs like the rest of Europe and definitely not those useless wooden planks 99% of MCR balconies are made of that leak water and then get covered in moss.

@George Roberts, yeah, that seems odd, but all those places should be deveoloped asap. We live in a weird city which has a ring of dereliction around it. But these should all be developed and will be in time. It just should have been done last century. Not developing it because the bit next to it isn’t yet developed would mean nothing ever gets done – and that’s not a solution is it?

By EOD

634 units for £5.2m equates to approx £8k per unit. Good business FEC. The going rate per unit is 3 times that or at least £20k per unit.

By John Oriain

All the people that lost their savings in the Angelgate fiasco will they be compensated now by FEC and Mcr City Council ? After all they are going to makes millions by getting it on the cheap . Any justice.?

By John Oriain

Providing they use decent materials I can see these being a nice addition.
I agree about the balconies though, quite a few of the new ones have no balconies.
Manchester has had some quality applications over the past few years and is getting the footfall it needs to boost its economy at all levels, but it’s time to start levelling up if it wants to start competing globally.

By Anonymous

Providing they’re successful, wonder when they would want to make a start?

(We’re yet to see if Covid19 will see a downturn in progress, or if it will force the industry to redouble its efforts).

By Keanu Reefs

Dreadful scheme.

By Davey Boy Smith

looks a really interesting scheme in an area that needs some money spent in it

By manc