Pell Frischmann Appointed to Support the Delivery of 15,000 Homes in Greater Manchester

Pell Frischmann is delighted to have been appointed as the Multi-disciplinary Technical Advisor to Manchester City Council for the Northern Gateway Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) enabling works and strategic infrastructure packages. This was achieved by a successful procurement through the Homes England multi-disciplinary framework.

The Northern Gateway is of strategic importance to Manchester City Council, for Manchester, Greater Manchester and the North West. The scheme will see the delivery of more than 15,000 new homes in the next 10-15 years with a development value of over £4bn.

The population in Manchester and Greater Manchester is growing year on year and is projected to increase by more than 250,000 by 2037. Therefore, a programme of accelerated housing delivery is being progressed to meet current and future demand. With limited opportunities of scale remaining within the edge of city locations, the Northern Gateway is uniquely placed to make a significant contribution to the growth of the city and wider city region. The wider site, covering approximately 155 hectares (ha) is located to the north of the city centre between Victoria Station, NOMA and the Northern Quarter in the south-west, and Queens Park and the intermediate Ring Road (Queens Road) to the northeast.

The HIF site comprises an area of circa 20 hectares within the Lower Irk Valley, predominately within the Red Bank and New Town neighbourhoods, which forms part of the extended Manchester City Centre. The site location has a legacy of more than 150 years of industrial uses and Victorian / pre-Victorian infrastructure, with modified waterways; operational and redundant rail infrastructure; limited sewerage, water, electricity and gas infrastructure; and locations with known contaminated land history as a consequence of textile manufacturing and other heavy industries. The Northern Gateway site is surrounded by the established neighbourhoods of Ancoats and New Islington, Miles Platting, Monsall, Cheetham Hill and the Strangeways commercial district.

This 3-year role will see Pell Frischmann work with Manchester City Council, FEC and their appointed contractors and designers to provide technical assurance, advice and oversight throughout the design and construction programme.

Pell Frischmann will deliver the following technical advisor services:

  • Civil Engineering, Highways, Traffic, Transport, Streets for All;
  • Flood Alleviation, Flood Defence, Drainage, Hydrology and Flood Risk;
  • Structural Engineering, Bridges and Retaining Walls;
  • Geotechnical, Contaminated Land, Environmental and Ecology;
  • Utilities and Services;
  • Landscape architecture;
  • Street Lighting, Walking and cycling, Principal Designer;
  • Oversight and Technical Advice throughout the construction phase.

Matthew Davies, Pell Frischmann’s Divisional Director said:

We are delighted to have secured this significant commission with Manchester City Council and look forward to working with MCC, FEC, the other appointed consultants and the appointed contractors to deliver this important infrastructure in Manchester.

Our services will be delivered by our Manchester office team and so we are extremely well-positioned to deliver the high quality and responsive service that is necessary to meet the programme.

Pell Frischmann looks forward to working with Homes England, Manchester City Council and partners on one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK.

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