International architect named as Manchester's Northern Gateway masterplanner

Northern Gateway

International design and architecture practice, Farrells, has been appointed to masterplan the Northern Gateway regeneration project in Manchester.

The scheme is an investment partnership between developer Far East Consortium (FEC) and Manchester City Council (MCC), which will provide more than 10,000 new homes across northern Manchester over the next decade.

Founded by Sir Terry Farrell – who was born in Sale, Cheshire – the company provides expertise in architecture, urban planning and design, interior design and project management operating from offices in London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Manchester, and Hong Kong.

The landmark scheme is set to generate more than £1bn of investment over the next decade. This is due to be achieved by unlocking the residential development potential of more than 300 acres of land north of Victoria station, through the neighbourhoods of New Cross, Lower Irk Valley and Collyhurst.

Farrells said it would place an emphasis on design quality and sustainability, open space, reactivating the vicinity of the River Irk, and enhancing public transport infrastructure which will include green walking trails and cycling routes. The Northern Gateway project will allow Manchester city centre to expand northwards by providing a mix of high quality housing in well-planned new areas.

The over-arching vision of the scheme is to create a series of distinct yet clearly connected communities. This approach will maximise the area’s natural resources as well as its prime location close to Manchester city centre.

Sir Terry said: “We are thrilled to be working with FEC and MCC to create this new landmark scheme which will be a big step forward for Manchester’s ongoing regeneration. We’ll be sitting literally side by side in our co-located offices, making sure it works for the city, the region and those behind the investment.

“Through its sheer scale and it’s incredible natural, heritage and community assets the Northern Gateway will play a significant part in enhancing Manchester’s presence nationally and globally. We will be making an amazing new place where people love to be, so watch this space.”

Masterplanners from Farrells will join the FEC team at its new project office in the Northern Assurance Buildings overlooking Albert Square in central Manchester.

Also appointed to Northern Gateway are planning consultancy HOW, landscape architect Planit IE, engineering, transport, remediation and sustainability specialist Arup, socio-economic specialists Regeneris and cost consultant Turner & Townsend.

FEC is playing a major role in the transformation of northern Manchester and recently launched MeadowSide, a scheme of 756 apartments, penthouses and townhouses bordering Angel Meadow park, the largest open green space in the city centre and part of the 20-acre NOMA neighbourhood north of the city centre.

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