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Gould Street

Manchester, UK


project overview

A significant contribution to Manchester’s residential offering

Part of the Northern Gateway regeneration and Manchester Residential Growth Strategy, Gould Street will be an exemplar of affordable, community-driven residential living. Breathing new life into the former gas works site, the four phase masterplan will create 1,200 new homes, designed to support people from all walks of life.

Making a meaningful contribution towards the city’s net zero carbon new homes aspirations, the nine blocks will range from luxury apartments to townhouses. The regeneration will also include dedicated public realm, with a park, pedestrian and cycling routes, commercial space and car parking.


The masterplan

Reflecting the site’s industrial heritage

Our design respects the brownfield site’s history and challenging topography - having undergone several use changes during its life. First as a gas works which underwent extensive remodelling in the 19th century, to then being used as a temporary car park and now poised for residential development.

To address the site’s topography, platforms will be created to ensure all key entry points have level access.

Early masterplan phases will focus on the upper platform, with significant sloping, level changes and historical retaining structures around the boundary. While the lower platform undergoes remediation work for ground contamination, an aftereffect of the site’s previous life.

Minimising impact and seamlessly integrating with the development, the site’s National Grid gas regulation infrastructure which will be rationalised and modernised.

Lane and Square
Gould Street
Bilbrook Street
Courtyard Gardens

character areas

Responding to the nature of the space

The Lane and Square will prioritise pedestrians, with hard surfaces and tree planting flanked by concierge managed entrances and retail space.

The Gardens will be pedestrian spaces, characterised by soft landscape planters; lawns and trees, providing a more tranquil feel.

The Park will be a focal point and natural extension of the existing landscape, surrounded by the tallest buildings on the masterplan.

Phase 3 and 4 will include a new park and improvements to Bromley Street will likely act as a catalyst for the regeneration of The Arches in the future.

A key character area, Gould Street will create the main north-south route across the site, leading onto the entrance to the park.

Bilbrook Street defines the east site boundary, we have designed this area flexibly with the ability to be extended in future phases.

Within each phase the buildings wrap around landscaped courtyard gardens forming private amenity space for the residents alongside balconies and roof gardens.

Ground levels are raised along the southern edge to connect to the future development site. Set back to create a new route east to west.

Phasing plan

Providing a clear sense of direction through the site

Creating a clear sense of direction, the massing of each phase rises with each of the four phases split and prioritised by the building levels.

Phase one begins with blocks A and B, creating a sense of arrival at the heart of the site. Subsequent phases each contain two blocks; phase two will be blocks C and D, phase three will be blocks E and F, while the final phase four will see G, H and I complete. One, two and three bedroom apartments will sit alongside townhouses with private terraces, public space and a sense of community flowing throughout.

key information

Project summary


Manchester, M40 7AS


MCR Property Group






1,200 homes
Car parking
Public realm


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