The Manchester Northern Gateway is a key part of the city’s Northern Powerhouse Initiative, and covers substantial areas of brownfield and greenfield land between the M60, M62 and M66.
Despite this extensive motorway infrastructure, it is poorly connected and is relatively disadvantaged compared with other parts of the city, so a key purpose of the study was to redress this imbalance between north and south - socially, economically and environmentally.
We were appointed by the Wilton Estate, which has extensive land ownership in the area, to prepare a masterplan which marries the aspirations of the local authorities with the regeneration ambitions of the land owners.
The plan has a 200 ha. green gateway in the north running down a green/ blue infrastructure corridor which separates the northern employment hub from the southern community hub, with new public transport corridors connecting them both, and to the wider area. The former links from a remodelled Junction on the M62 via a Parkway employment zone to an Advanced Manufacturing Park / University zone in the north, giving a total employment area of over 300 ha. and 50,000 new jobs.
The southern community hub unites education, health, retail and leisure uses at the heart of a new community of over 10,000 homes connected by a dedicated public transport corridor to a Park & Ride in the south and motorways in the north.