Work Begins on New Canalside Houses Close to the City Centre

Work is anticipated to begin this week on a new residential development on the Rochdale Canal, close to the City Centre. Following Planning Approval in October 2016, Urbanitymcr can report that enabling and site security  works at next phase of the Bramah Place and Platting Village Masterplan are already underway, with construction anticipated to begin in the coming weeks.



Images showing hoardings being erected along the Rochdale Canal, with the historic locks in the foreground and Victoria Mill in the background. 

Built as part of Manchester City Council’s £235 million Private Finance Initiative scheme in partnership with Lovell Homes,  the scheme forms one element of the 1500-home masterplan for the Miles Platting and Bradford Road areas. A large compulsory purchase order led to the clearance of hundreds of former social-sector housing within the city centre and the construction of the canalside park. This route now forms a popular pedestrian route which is also favoured by dog walkers. The canal also allows a  traffic-free cycle route directly into Ancoats and the Northern Quarter in one direction and the Etihad Campus and Phillips Park in the other.

As part of the 1.95 hectare scheme, 73 two and three storey houses will be constructed, with realigned roads and upgraded landscaping. Almost half of the new units will be four bedroom properties, with the remaining half featuring 2 and 3 bedroom properties. The setting of these any of these homes will overlook the historic locks on the Rochdale Canal, in the setting of the historic Victoria Mill and revamped Victoria Mill Park.


The previous elements of the Lovell Homes scheme has already led to the sale of hundreds of new homes. Many of these have been subsequently been released for private rent by property developers. The pace of change and demand in this area has seen newly built rental properties let at over £1100 per month.

This latest development is expected to deliver quality family dwellings for the private home-occupier market at the heart of the inner-city. This is anticipated to provide diversity to the housing market of the Ancoats, New Islington, Bradford Road and Miles Platting areas.

Sitting within walking distance of local amenities such as the New Islington Free School Etihad Stadium as well as popular local restaurants and bars such as Rudy’s Pizza, Second City, Vermillion Ancoats Coffee Co. and Vnam, these homes are anticipated to fetch between £170,000 and £250,000. See below for an overview of the site as well as individual house types.



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