Manchester Place brings latest site to market

A prominent site on one of the key routes into Manchester is being marketed for residential development by the city council.

The 1.5-acre site bordering Medlock Street and Little Peter Street is opposite the new cultural and leisure facilities of First Street. The plot is owned by Manchester City Council which is keen to see residential-led development “of height and scale” as part of the wider First Street development framework.

Little Peter Street presents a major opportunity to build on the existing activity of First Street and link through to neighbouring areas of Great Jackson Street and Castlefield.

Deborah McLaughlin, chief executive of Manchester Place, the partnership helping to drive residential development in the city, said: “This is one of the best sites available in Manchester and presents a unique opportunity to create something really special.

“The site sits opposite the new cultural and leisure area of First Street, it has river frontage and the potential to create hundreds of high quality new homes to meet on-going demand.

“The site is being marketed nationally and internationally and we look forward to hearing from developers who share our ambition so we can work together to create a high quality new neighbourhood.”

Manchester Place is a partnership between Manchester City Council and the Homes & Communities Agency formed to accelerate the speed of housing delivery.

Manchester’s population is on course to exceed 600,000 by 2030 and the City needs to provide an additional 55,000 new homes over the next 15 years to support the projected economic jobs growth.

Expressions of interest are being sought by 12 noon on Friday 9 October.

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Time for a second skyscraper? Probably the best place for one.

By Lin

So it’s shadow will cast across the ‘HOME’/ First St development throughout the day and especially in the afternoon / early evening when the external spaces are most used in Summer months?

By Jeremiah

As this photo is facing east, not north, the shadow will mostly be across the railway to the left.

By Roe Digger

someone tell the Beetham tower that then, it’s clearly never used a Heliodon?

By Cassandra

Not impressed with Manchester City centre at all.

By Maureen

Why not impressed Maureen?

By scrub

Not quite sure how a building is meant to use a Heliodon Cassandra but I am sure if you tweet @happybeetham or @angrybeetham it can let you know

By MancLass

It look’s awful and abit tacky , but again in Manchester they are allowed to build anything as there are no restrictions like in other major cities , we have not got exactly a great skyline have we lol .

By Maureen

Manchester looks like the back of a fridge


The back of a fridge is better looking

By Maureen

Look you fools there’s nothing wrong with development, it will give us a much more interesting skyline. Get of your anti-future horse and go live somewhere else if it bothers you so much.

By Jamie

Jamie – there’s nothing wrong with development, or modern development, or “avant garde” futuristic development. The problem is with cheap samey development that has been value-engineered to death: Manchester is full of this, and sadly, HOME and First Street is an example.

Also, its not a simple matter of “go live somewhere else”. Manchester has a lot going for it, and is currently providing a lot of people with jobs. But for that growth to be sustainable, I think more attention needs to be paid to the long-term livebility of the place, which is in part a function of its attractiveness. That’s not being anti-future; it is being pro-future.


Am no fool it look awful. ..down the road put us to shame in regards to a skyline … we just look like leeds or Sheffield or even blackpool without the sea …fool stop kidding yourself we are anything special because we’re not…

By Maureen