Major new Manchester development project in consultation

March 16, 2023
Major new Manchester development project in consultation

There are plans for a £450m new Manchester development project that could create 1,900 jobs and stimulate the local economy.

Land in Upper Brook Street, Ardwick, has been targeted as the recipient of an exciting development. The plans includes new student accommodation and life sciences space.

The project led by McLaren Property, in association with Property Alliance Group, Moda Living and Kadans Science Partner, is working to deliver a masterplan vision for Upper Brook Street, Ardwick. Working in consultation with Manchester City Council the consortium project that the scheme could create a £138m economic benefit to the area.


The plan promises to deliver an incredible new neighbourhood for the city with more than two acres of public space and community facilities.

This scheme would bring forward a new purpose-built development, providing much needed life sciences space as well as purpose-built student accommodation. There is a proposed mix of ground floor uses and enhanced public realm which include green space and pocket parks, improved pedestrian and cycling routes and opportunities for community, retail and other locally beneficial uses.

Other community facilities and public uses include a GP surgery, and new community centre, as well as retail units and cafes.

When constructed the neighbourhood promises to deliver value to the immediate area and wider Manchester region. It is projected that it will provide 3,600 permanent operational jobs, and anticipated spending of £24m from residents every year in addition to significant spend locally from new workers.

In total, the scheme represents an initial investment of £450m into the Ardwick area which lies around one mile south east of Manchester city centre.

Map of Ardwick area which lies 1 mile outside of central Manchester

Public consultation

A public consultation is earmarked with plans unveiled online. An in-person exhibition is taking place on March 23, were the general public can participate.

The plans will open up Upper Brook Street, connecting the separate sites, to create a new district. There will be a new public square placed at its centre. Regeneration will create vital green amenity space, for residents, workers and the wider local community.

The consultation is led by architects Hawkins Brown, Sheppard Robson and Simpson Haugh.

Manchester a city on the rise

Last month we reported that there are several regeneration initiatives in Manchester. Currently there are 25 new developments under construction across Manchester and Salford city centres. This is making it one of the hottest places to invest in property in the UK.

Within Greater Manchester there is an abundance of neighbourhoods to choose from, that caters for every taste. You can check out our guide to property prices in Greater Manchester to identify the area that best suits your budget.