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£1 billion in new construction projects approved for Manchester



The city of Manchester is to receive over £1 billion in construction project investments, after approval was granted by a historic planning committee meeting on the 24th September. 

The schemes include a £350 million second arena said to create 3,350 construction jobs over three years. 

A £350 million arena is to be built in East Manchester by Oak View Group and BAM
(Image via Oak View Group)

The new arena is to be built by BAM and is set to be the largest in the UK, with a capacity of 23,500 - outstripping Manchester's existing 21,000 seat AO Arena. Proposals were submitted in March by US developer Oak View Group for a venue designed by Populous to be built in the Eastlands area, next to Manchester City FC’s Etihad stadium.

With plans now approved, it’s thought that BAM could begin construction work as early as November, along with a project team that includes BuroHappold, ME Engineers, Vanguardia, Turner & Townsend and Deloitte. 

“We’re delighted that Manchester City Council has given our proposals the go-ahead, and we can’t wait to get started, bringing a £350m private investment, creating thousands of jobs, and delivering one of the world’s best arenas to this amazing city,” said Tim Leiweke, chief executive of Oak View Group.

“I want to say a huge thank you to the community for taking the time to listen to what we had to say and providing feedback that ensured this arena is of Manchester, for Manchester and by Manchester.”

As well as the new arena, Manchester’s planning committee also approved development schemes for new projects including high rise buildings and residential schemes, totalling over 3,000 new homes for the city. 

“The fact that these schemes are being brought forward represents a remarkable statement of confidence in Manchester at a time of major national economic uncertainty,” said Council Leader Sir Richard Leese

“That is important not just as a reassurance but as something which would translate into real jobs, real homes and real opportunities for Manchester people – helping to support the city’s economic recovery from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Projects approved include: 

The largest complex in the Northern Gateway project is a £185 million triple tower high rise
(Image via FEC)

Victoria Riverside

A triple-tower high-rise complex is to be developed in a joint venture by Far East Consortium and Manchester City Council at a cost of £185 million. 

Located on Dantzic Street in the Redbank district, a linked podium containing shopfronts and a residential lobby will connect the three towers of 18, 26 and 37 storeys. There will also be a series of townhouses included in the complex.

In total the development, designed by Hawkins/Brown Architects, will create 634 new homes with a mix of tenure types, including shared ownership which will contribute to FEC’s commitment to providing affordable housing.

Over four towers, Downing plan to create 2,000 rooms as part of a co-living space
(Image via Downing)

First Street co-living scheme

Manchester’s First Street has seen heavy development in the last few years, creating a  prosperous, contemporary neighbourhood in the heart of the city. Development and contractor firm Downing have won approval for their plans to add four tower blocks to that neighbourhood, featuring a 2,000 room co-living scheme. 

Co-living schemes are a relatively new idea in the UK, though they have proved popular in cities like Copenhagen. The schemes creating clusters of shared housing in large-scale complexes where rooms can be rented out individually, with communal space and amenities shared between residents. 

In Downing’s development, these clusters will be split in to a mix of residences ranging from private studios to five-bedroom apartments. The tallest of the four buildings in the development, designed by architect SimpsonHaugh, will stand high above First Street at 45 storeys, while the others will be built to 26, 22 and 17 storeys. 

Vita are to built two towers on Water Street near Deansgate to feature another co-living scheme
(Image via Vita)

Water Street co-living scheme

Another developer hoping to launch a trend for co-living spaces is Vita, whose Deansgate-based high rise plans were approved yesterday.

Plans for a development on Water Street had previously been put forth by Allied London who wanted to build two 36-storey residential towers called Nickel and Dime, but the development never took off and the plots were bought by Vita last year. 

The previously-approved designs have been tweaked by Vita to fit with the developer’s Union Living brand. 388 flats are now going to be built in two, three and four bedroom clusters as well as a range of private studios. The company are in talks with BAM for the construction.

450 new houses plus community facilities are to be build on the site of a former factory in Miles Platting
(Image via ENGIE)

Miles Platting residences

Investment planning didn’t all go towards high-rises. ENGIE Services and Landcare were awarded planning permission to build 410 new homes and community facilities in the eastern-city area of Miles Platting.

Described as a new “mixed neighbourhood”, the development will take place on the site of a former Manox chemicals factory. It’s said to consist of more traditional family housing types, of which most will be built specifically for renting rather than for sale, with 44 to be offered as rent-to-buy, 34 for social rent and 36 that can be bought through shared ownership. 

As well as houses, the plans are to also provide a nursery, shops, cafe and a community hub at the heart of the development, with 500 trees to be planted in and around the site. 

According to the documents submitted with the planning application: 

“The proposed layout creates a safe environment through the provision of a legible and well-overlooked street network with residential front doors facing onto the street. This encourages walking and cycling, and therefore, social interaction between neighbours.

“The design of the new homes and streets is drawn from the existing local context to create a cohesive neighbourhood that fits well into the existing community.”

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