Construction Enquirer News Gasworks new town to be delivered in four phases over 10 years

Plans have been lodged for a 1,200-homes mixed-use development for the former Gould Street Gasworks site north of Manchester city centre.

Developer MCR Property plans the develop the land it has owned since 2015 with a mix of townhouses and apartments in a 33 storey tower flanked by mid-rise blocks.

If planning permission is granted the developer and National Grid will begin clearing the car park site next year to create a new neighbourhood in line with Manchester City Council’s Northern Gateway initiative.

The nine-building development is intended to be built in four phases, starting with the corner on Gould Street closest to Rochdale Road, with homes hopefully ready for occupation by the end of 2023.

 Phase 1 -160 units. Q1 2022 / Q3 2023

 Phase 2 – 170 units Q4 2023 / Q2 2025

 Phase 3 – 321 units Q3 2025 / Q3 2027

 Phase 4 – 551 units Q4 2027 / Q4 2029

The residential tower is likely to be the last piece of the development to be built, towards the end of the current decade.

Eliot Baker, planning manager at MCR Property Group, said: “The Gasworks – New Town has always been about creating a lively new community and a sense of place, set in thriving green space.

“Our plans for this former gasworks site go above and beyond the minimum requirements for sustainable development to set the benchmark for other schemes in New Town.”

Development team


Client: Southvalley Estates, subsidiary of MCR

Architect: AHR Architects

Planning & Environmental: WSP | Indigo

Civil/Structural and services engineer: BDP

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