Part of what is billed as the city’s biggest ever regeneration project, Red Bank could deliver 5,500 homes on a swathe of land between Manchester Victoria and Collyhurst.
The project is being delivered by Manchester City Council and Far East Consortium and the joint venture has launched a consultation on its proposals for the Red Bank neighbourhood, one of seven included in the £4bn Victoria North strategy.
The plans for Red Bank will see the transformation of largely brownfield land north of the city centre into a mixed-used community with a focus on low-carbon housing and sustainable riverside living, the JV said.
A key element of the scheme will see the underutilised River Irk opened up with green spaces on its banks reinvigorated.
FEC and the city council have secured £51.6m from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund to deliver key infrastructure works and address some of the challenges presented by the site’s previous industrial uses.
Bam Nuttal and Arup are leading the team delivering the infrastructure works, while Maccreanor Lavington and Schulze+Grassov are leading on the creation of a masterplan for Red Bank
The infrastructure funding will also pay for major improvements to St Catherine’s Wood, which will form the first phase of the 113-acre City River Park.
The consultation will run from 14 October, and will invite community stakeholders to provide their input to the Red Bank neighbourhood masterplan and inform the design process.
Hilary Brett-Parr, project director at FEC, said: “Red Bank is home to thriving independent businesses, and we’re looking forward to working with these stakeholders to bring the area much-needed green space along with the new homes that will help establish it as one of Manchester’s most exciting new neighbourhoods.”
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This consultation presents the opportunity to help guide development in Red Bank and have a tangible role in the transformation of this part of the city.
“Victoria North is a once-in-a-generation programme of investment and we all have a chance to shape it. I would urge as many people as possible to make their voice heard.”
Red Bank forms part of the strategic planning framework for Victoria North, previously known as the Northern Gateway.
The first element of Red Bank’s regeneration is already underway. Victoria Riverside will deliver 634 homes across three towers off Dantzic Street. Plans for North View, located on a neighbouring plot, were approved in 2017 and the project proposes an additional 415 apartments.
Overall, the Victoria North masterplan could see the delivery of 15,000 homes across North Manchester over the next 15 years.
Covering 390 acres, Victoria North consists of seven neighbourhoods: Collyhurst Village, South Collyhurst, New Cross, New Town, Red Bank, Vauxhall Gardens and Smedley Dip & Eggington Street.