Far East Consortium and Manchester City Council’s 390-acre masterplan will now be known as Victoria North, a move that aims to “create a sense of place”, according to Gavin Taylor, regional general manager at FEC in Manchester.
“The Northern Gateway has served us well as a name as we shaped plans for the area’s regeneration. But as we begin to bring forward development this year, it’s the right time to start creating a sense of place for what will be a significant new district in Manchester, as well as an identity that people can engage with,” he said.
Meanwhile, the first apartments within the developer’s 634-home Victoria Riverside scheme have hit the market.
One-, two- and three-bedroom flats within the 26-storey Park View, one of three towers that make up the project, are being marketed to investors by First Property International, a subsidiary of FEC.
As well as Park View, the scheme features the 37-storey Crown View, and City View, which is 18 storeys tall.
The developer predicts that construction of Victoria Riverside will complete in 2024, alongside the first phase of the proposed City River Park, 113 acres of green space that incorporates St Catherine’s Wood and the River Irk.
Nearby, FEC is also developing the 756-apartment Meadowside scheme, while MCR Property Group has lodged plans to build 1,200 homes across nine buildings on Gould Street.
The £4bn Victoria North project, which aims to create 15,000 homes north of Victoria train station over the next 20 years, is made up of seven neighbourhoods; Collyhurst Village, Collyhurst South, New Cross, New Town, Red Bank, Vauxhall Gardens, and Smedley Dip & Eggington Street.
Taylor added: “When taken together, Victoria North’s seven neighbourhoods are greater than the sum of their parts and we want there to be a sense of cohesion between them.
“Each area will have its own unique characteristics, meaning we can celebrate the rich identities of existing communities that we’re passionate about preserving alongside new ones that we’re excited to be creating.”
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The name Victoria North roots the development over the next 15 to 20 years in Manchester, representing the 155 hectares of regeneration potential from Victoria Station in the city centre into north Manchester and to up to Queens Park.
“We are at the beginning of an incredibly exciting phase of history for this part of Manchester and with some eagerness to see how this potential unfolds.”