Exploring Manchester’s Victoria North development

Jointly funded by the FEC and Manchester City Council, Victoria North is the North of England’s biggest urban regeneration project to date. As part of the Northern Gateway, Victoria North will create better-connected public spaces, improved transport links, new homes, parks, and retail spaces for Manchester’s growing population.

Victoria North will develop over 390 acres disused of land into new communities, creating 15,000 new homes and seven neighbourhoods over the next 20 years. It has over £4 billion gross development value creating an estimated new community of over 40,000 people in the heart of Manchester.

The ambitious development begins at Victoria Station in the city centre, and continues into North Manchester up to Queens Park, rejuvenating 155 hectares of city centre space and breathing new life into the region.

The Northern Gateway Manchester project was created as an opportunity to deliver a solution to Manchester’s housing shortage, creating new homes for many residents. The seven new neighbourhoods: Collyhurst, Collyhurst Village, New Cross, New Town, Red Bank, Vauxhall Gardens, and Smedley Dip & Eggington Street, will be built in a cohesive style which will also celebrate each new district’s individual traits. Across the development, there will be a blend of family homes and apartments to cater for all needs, and it will include social and affordable housing.

The first developments in Victoria North have already begun, including Meadowside, Victoria Riverside and a new urban park. Discover more about the projects below:

Meadowside

Just a stone’s throw away from Victoria Station and a short walk from the vibrant Northern Quarter and Manchester’s central shopping district, Meadowside blends city living with parkland peace. Overlooking Angel Meadow Park, the largest green space in Manchester city centre, the development is at the heart of the NOMA quarter and marks the first phase of the Victoria North regeneration project.

This development will be made up of four distinctive buildings built to make the most of the park views so that residents can feel closer to nature, despite being in the centre of one of the UK’s most bustling cities. They will make the most of the green space, creating a tranquil escape for those who live there. The buildings will be constructed using sustainable, recycled, and reused materials and designed to complement the rich colours and materials of the surrounding Victorian Industrial architecture which Manchester is renowned for.

 Victoria Riverside

Set in between the greenery of City River Park and the hustle and bustle of Manchester city centre, Victoria Riverside is home to 634 new apartments and townhouses in the emerging Red Bank neighbourhood. Victoria Riverside will house one, two and three-bedroom homes spread across three towers and two podium buildings, creating its own community. On the banks of the River Irk, these new homes will offer a range of tenures, including shared ownership. Set for completion by the end of 2024, Victoria Riverside will also provide commercial space for shops, bars and cafes.

The three sculptural towers will join Manchester’s evolving skyline and at ground level, this mixed-use residential development will form the basis of new communities. It’s located close to Manchester’s shopping districts, key train stations and of course, the new City River Park.

City River Park

At the heart of the Victoria North regeneration project is the City River Park. The park will cover 113 acres of new and improved parkland and will become one of Manchester’s largest city-centre green spaces, a place of respite for residents across the Victoria North development. Sections of the park will vary in character providing a diverse and active new outdoor space for the community including parks and smaller amenity spaces.

City River Park will enhance existing habitats and create new habitats for wildlife and be guided by climate-positive design to create results which are as carbon neutral as possible to help Greater Manchester reach its carbon-neutral ambitions. The park will also provide improved pedestrian and cycle routes to encourage sustainable transport within Manchester city centre as well as provide space for active lifestyles and wellbeing.

Gavin Taylor – Regional General Manager at FEC in Manchester – said: “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 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.”

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