Third Manchester Life site revealed

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

A surface car park fronting Cutting Room Square in Ancoats will be the third site is to be developed by Manchester Life, the £1bn joint venture between Manchester City Council and Manchester City FC owner Abu Dhabi United.

The plot off Hood Street, bounded by Cotton Street and Jersey Street, has been earmarked by Manchester Life for the development of 30 homes for sale, and around 100 car parking spaces, along with ground floor retail uses.

The homes will include a range of types including townhouses and apartments.

Hood Street is the third site to come forward as part of phase one of the Manchester Life initiative. Last week Manchester City Council approved the first two sites; the development of 302 apartments at New Union Street, and 108 flats at Murrays’ Mill in Bengal Street.

Manchester Life plans to invest £1bn in 6,000 units by 2027.

The first phase will total 900 homes over six sites in Ancoats and New Islington.

Manchester Life will exhibit plans for the scheme at a drop-in event on Thursday 9 July at St Michael’s Church in Ancoats, from between 1pm to 7pm.

The development would complete the regeneration of the area around Cutting Room Square, which was opened by New East Manchester in 2009. In 2013, Northern Group completed the £12m Ice Plant apartment scheme, part-funded by the Homes & Communities Agency, next to St Peter’s Church which in the same year was refurbished for use by the Halle Orchestra. On the other side of the square, the HCA is in the process of upgrading Fairbairn building, which it recently announced as fully let after securing restaurant occupiers Rudy’s Pizza and Goose Fat & Wild Garlic.

According to marketing documents for the consultation, “the site, off Hood Street, is in a central location and offers immediate access to central Manchester’s employment, amenities and transport networks. Fronting Cutting Room Square, the proposal will integrate with the existing community to support the redevelopment of Ancoats and New Islington into vibrant and inclusive neighbourhoods.

“The proposals have been developed to provide additional new homes along with car parking to address Manchester’s forecast population and economic growth over the next 10 years.”

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hmmm….I’m sorry but is that it? I was hoping for more.

By Ancoats resident

Manchester continues to be subsumed through the wonderful gift of the wooden horse of certain overseas ambition,replete with dodgy human rights records. It makes Town & City’s original theft of our streets under the Arndale monstrosity look tame – at least they never had the civic staff of the authority wearing their logo’s too. Just what’s in it for the Council..or rather the people when the whole place is owned lock stock and barrel by ADU?

By Zarathustra