Community Placemaking

We create aspirational, new neighbourhoods where communities thrive.

We have built more than 7,000 homes to date and are currently investing £55 million in public realm across all of our developments in Manchester.

Creation of new neighbourhoods for the long term

We are currently working on developing major neighbourhoods across Manchester; New Jackson near Deansgate, Colliers Yard in Greengate, and Trinity Island located on the bank of the River Irwell within the Castlefield Conservation area.

All neighbourhoods will include commercial and social infrastructure, exceptional residential amenity, new public squares and green spaces for both the residents and the public to enjoy.

As majority landowner in each location, we are leading the transformation in the creation of these new city centre districts.

New Jackson Neighbourhood

Near Deansgate, towards the South of the city, we have taken what was brownfield land along Great Jackson Street and created New Jackson – a neighbourhood of high-quality homes, educational and medical facilities, as well as substantial public realm improvements from green space.

The neighbourhood includes: a smoke-free city centre park (over 1 acre in size) including children’s play area, a primary school for 210 pupils, an NHS medical centre, and various commercial operators. The neighbourhood will also be connected via cycle pathways and walkways. The total value of these improvements is in excess of £30 million.

Colliers Yard

Colliers Yard is located within Greengate, at the North of the city. We plan to create a landscaped public park, a tree-lined boulevard, and a new public square, Collier Square.

The square will open up to frame Collier Street Baths, a Grade II* listed building, and plans are underway for its final redevelopment ensuring the building is brought back to life.

The development will also be home to local independent, commercial operators providing amenity for both new residents and for the local community.

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Trinity Island

Trinity Island is a new riverside neighbourhood located on the bank of the River Irwell that benefits from spectacular views over both the river, and across the city. The neighbourhood incorporates generous, high-quality public realm along 130m of scenic riverbank frontage.

Boasting a stunning riverbank setting and 1.6 acres of riverside park featuring both a children’s play area and dedicated dog park, Trinity Island is also situated close to St John’s, an area brimming with culture, enterprise and innovation.

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We ensure our developments positively impact the local community

We understand that creating new neighbourhoods includes a great responsibility to get the balance right between residential development, commercial uses, green spaces and social infrastructure, to create sustainable communities that stand the test of time.

Whilst we are regarded as a developer who builds upwards, careful consideration is given as to how each tower hits the ground, and how it complements the existing surroundings.

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How we achieve this

Delivery of large scale, accessible and attractive public realm is at the core of all our developments. Careful consideration is taken in ensuring we offer something different, whether this be a more suburban style soft green park or more civic hardstanding spaces that properly address a riverside. In this way, we are providing residents of the neighbourhoods and the surrounding local community with new and different spaces to enjoy. We incorporate key linkages with surrounding areas with a particular focus on sustainable travel, either cycling or walking routes.

We have taken a carefully curated approach with all our commercial operators ensuring they are local, independent businesses, in order to provide the right offering to residents whilst enhancing the local area.

Working with local communities

We work closely with local councillors and representatives within the community maintaining a comprehensive and ongoing dialogue, as well as local independent community-focused operators to activate commercial and public spaces.

As part of our commitment to building sustainable communities, we have appointed a Resident Experience & Events Manager.

We have also created a short film to showcase the emerging community at New Jackson, told by our residents, on-site teams and operators.