ENGIE to lead £80m transformation of Manchester industrial site into low carbon mixed-use community

25th September 2020

Manchester City Council has unanimously approved plans submitted by energy, services and regeneration specialist, ENGIE and Landcare (East Manchester) Ltd, part of the NPL Group, to transform a former industrial site into a low carbon, mixed-use community with 410 new homes.

The proposals for land, at Coleshill Street in Miles Platting, includes 8,8055 sqm of open space and courtyards, seamlessly combining sustainable design with digital infrastructure, smart homes and quality public realm. The £80m scheme will include a wide range of homes from one-bedroom apartments to three-bedroom houses, creating a multi-tenure neighbourhood with approximately 50% of all units designated as family homes.

Inside houses, there will be a focus on using smart technology, which will be coupled, renewable energy and the use of highly efficient air source heat pumps to provide a cheap source of heating and hot water.  The scheme has been designed with the potential of being net zero carbon and looks to encourage social interaction and healthy living, with plenty of public green spaces complemented by communal courtyards, ample secure cycle parking, vehicular charging points and club car spaces.

Focusing on long term stewardship, the site will act as a catalyst for the locality, delivering 296 bespoke homes for private rental and over 100 new affordable homes for a registered provider partner.

James Crow, Divisional Head of Investments & Development Management at ENGIE UK & Ireland, said: “This is an exemplar of regeneration in the modern world – taking a derelict brownfield site and transforming it into a multi-tenure, energy efficient development with much-needed new homes.  This scheme will benefit from ENGIE’s integrated service offering – ranging from our expertise in place making and regeneration, experience of building with the newest materials and utilising smart technology and energy efficient infrastructure to benefit both the environment and residents’ finances over the long run.

“Everything we do as a business is centred on supporting the path to zero carbon and it’s fantastic that Manchester City Council has recognised how regeneration and new housing supply can be instrumental in delivering this.”

Simon Towers, Group Managing Director at NPL Group said: “The proposed plan focusses on creating a new family orientated community with a range of homes for all ages.

“The scheme will provide a high-quality sustainable neighbourhood, including local shops and enhanced connections into and around the site, ensuring that the new development is well integrated with the wider community.”

ENGIE and Landcare now working with funding partners to commence site activity in early 2021.

Allsop, an independent property consultancy has also been supporting the application, advising partners around design and funding.