Bam Nuttall, Arup and Planit-IE are among the firms named to undertake works to support the delivery of an initial 5,500 homes as part of the wider Manchester masterplan.
The development joint venture between Manchester City Council and Far East Consortium has assembled the multidisciplinary team for infrastructure works following the award of £51.6m from the Government last year.
The funding will be used to deliver a series of infrastructure requirements needed to bring forward the 15,000-home Victoria North regeneration project, previously named the Northern Gateway, which is intended to be rolled out over the next 10-15 years. The works would include brownfield land clearance and land decontamination, and linking sites to existing highways –constraints that would otherwise hinder future development.
The project team includes:
BAM Nuttall – main design & build contractor
Arup (working with BAM) – lead designer
Volkerstevin – flood defense works contractor
Planit-IE – landscape architect
Turner and Townsend – project delivery consultant
Pell Frischmann – lead technical advisor
Avison Young – planning consultant
The city council is also working with Environment Agency officers who will provide technical and project management support across the overall programme, especially for flood defence works in the Lower Irk Valley and Red Bank neighbourhoods.
Key elements of the infrastructure programme include:
- investment in a 12-acre ‘City River Park’ along the Irk River Valley, which aims to “celebrate the river and provides new, open space for residents”, the JV partners said
- facilitating access to development sites by connecting them to the existing highway network, along with general road upgrades
- securing and clearing undeveloped brownfield land, including the removal of contaminated land and invasive plant species to ready sites for development
- connecting development sites to utilities (electricity, water and surface water drainage), including high voltage electricity cabling and substations
- delivering flood defence works to reduce the risk and extent of flood zones
The detailed design process for the HIF infrastructure works is now underway and an initial planning application is expected next spring. The programme is part of the early phase works of the regeneration framework for Victoria North. Several consents have already been granted for the first phase of housing development in the masterplan.
Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese said the impact of the programme of work “cannot be underestimated – and without the [Government] funding the potential of Victoria North could not be realised”.
He added: “This early phase of the scheme alone will support the delivery of more than 5,500 new homes – many of them for affordable rent and sale – along with a new City River Park. This is nothing short of transformational, bringing life and purpose to a long-overlooked part of our city, while celebrating the Irk Valley properly, possibly for the first ever time.”
Hilary Brett-Parr, project director at FEC, said: “Our vision for Victoria North is to create aspirational and inclusive neighbourhoods that deliver green riverside living in the city.
“The HIF works will put the foundations in place for us to bring the early phases of residential development forward at pace.”
FEC said it expects to announce its own strategic masterplanning team for Red Bank, one of the first neighbourhoods to be developed under the masterplan, in the coming weeks.