HOW Planning has been appointed as part of the professional team acting for the Far East Consortium (FEC), to provide planning and EIA advice on its £1bn Northern Gateway project.
FEC was appointed as development partner for the project in April 2017 and will work closely with Manchester City Council to deliver the vision for the Northern Gateway; a scheme which covers more than 300 acres across New Cross, the Lower Irk Valley and Collyhurst and has the potential to deliver more than 10,000 new homes in North Manchester over the next 10 years.
HOW has also worked with FEC on its £235m MeadowSide residential project alongside landscape architect Planit IE, also part of the Northern Gateway team. Engineering, transport, remediation and sustainability consultant Arup; economic development consultant Regeneris; project manager Buro4; and cost consultant Turner & Townsend also join the Northern Gateway team alongside overall Masterplanner Farrells.
Located close to Manchester city centre, the Northern Gateway site already boasts large areas of open green space and woodland as well as excellent infrastructure links. The vision is to create a leading example of urban planning focussing on high quality public space, transport links and public services, all of which will be central to the scheme. It will also support the environmental ambitions of Manchester with sustainable housing, using state-of-the-art technology to ensure a low carbon footprint.
Work is expected to start on the first buildings in 2018.