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Photos revealed of stunning £51.6m Red Bank redevelopment plan

From origins as one of Manchester's slums, the redevelopment of Red Bank shows its an area to keep tabs on as part as it begins a huge revitalisation project

Red Bank has come a long way.

Once described as a ‘slum’, the regeneration of the area is turning it into an exciting urban neighbourhood.

It has a unique history too, playing an important role in the development of Manchester’s Ukrainian and Jewish communities.

As communities grew, it became a hive of business, playing host to tailors, cap-makers and glaziers.

The area is speckled with great gems like Sparrows restaurant, Green Arches tap house, Love Factory and Grub – the place is getting a bit of a buzz about it.

Here’s how things currently look

And it’s set to host a huge new development, Victoria North.

Far East Consortium (FEC), who are funding the redevelopment, held a series of public consultation events in early December and have now shared with us pictures and some of the details of the emerging masterplan for Victoria North’s Red Bank neighbourhood, which will deliver over 4,000 new homes in Manchester.

And they are seriously impressive.

The plan for union square as seen from Dantzic Street

Red Bank is one of the first of seven neighbourhoods to be regenerated within the strategic masterplan for Victoria North – one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the UK, delivering 15,000 new homes across north Manchester over the next 15 years.

There are also plans in the works for a new primary school, tram stop, GP surgery, a park and several walking routes to keep things green.

After receiving planning permissions for both an initial phase of enabling works and a package of infrastructure investment, Manchester City Council has begun the process of making more of the Red Bank neighbourhood ready for development, utilising £51.6m of funding from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund.

You can read all about the vision here. 

Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and development, said: “Red Bank alongside Collyhurst in north Manchester are some of the first phases of housing development in the Victoria North programme and together they bookend the 155-hectares of land that will be developed over the next 15 years in this part of north Manchester.

“Victoria North will see 15,000 low carbon homes built in this part of the city, including 3,000 affordable homes.”

Here’s how the new developments will look

The CGI renderings show a remarkable transformation. This is an image of what will be the Union Square Waterfront, a stark contrast to the image above.

Hilary Brett, project director at FEC, said: “We have been very busy over the last 12 months building on our vision for Red Bank and adding more detail to our plans.

“We are excited to share some early imagery of the neighbourhood which shows the quality spaces we intend to create through our Wild Urbanism concept which will unlock the potential of the river.

“We have also identified the next phases for delivery which have the potential to deliver more than 1,500 new homes. We encourage residents, local businesses and stakeholders to speak to the team to find out more.”

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