Team Appointed for Housing Works in Manchester
A multi-disciplinary consulting and contracting team has been assembled to support the delivery of key infrastructure works that will unlock the early residential development potential within the Victoria North regeneration area - Manchester’s largest ever regeneration project. Last year, a joint bid between Manchester City Council and its joint venture partner Far East Consortium successfully secured GBP 51.6 million from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund. he funding will be used to address a series of up-front infrastructure requirements to facilitate the delivery of more than 5,500 new homes in the next 10-15 years, 1,000 of which will be for affordable rent and sale, along with a new (circa 5ha) public City River Park.
The newly appointed team with BAM Nuttall as lead design and build contractor, and Arup as lead designer - will work closely with the Council and Far East Consortium’s development and masterplanning team to deliver the development vision for Red Bank and New Town neighbourhoods.
The HIF infrastructure scheme will support a programme of infrastructure investment and deliver a series of up-front, strategic infrastructure requirements and address a range of site constraints that will hinder future development.
The key elements of the HIF scheme include
1. Investment in a new City River Park (c.5ha) along the Irk River Valley, creating a destination green space that celebrates the river and provides new, open space for residents.
2. Facilitating access to development sites by connecting them to the existing highway network, along with general road upgrades. Securing and clearing undeveloped brownfield land, including the removal of contaminated land and invasive plant species to ready sites for development.
3. Connect development sites to utilities (electricity, water and surface water drainage), including new high voltage electricity cabling and substations.
4. Delivering flood defence works to reduce the risk and extent of flood zones.