Red Bank FEC Far East Consortium

Global property developer Far East Consortium (FEC) has set out ambitious plans for the first phase of their £1bn Northern Gateway scheme.

The plans includes three residential towers in a variety of heights including a 37-storey, 26-storey and 18-storey buildings – designed by leading architect Hawkins\Brown.

Far East Consortium – who’re speaking at the Greater Manchester Development Conference – have been working to unlock the scheme with the support of Manchester City Council. The JV will transform a 383-acre site developing around 15,000 homes in total over a 20-year period.

It’s expected that the firm will submit a planning application in early summer.

The first phase of the scheme will sit on the corner of Gould Street and Dantzic Street at Victoria Riverside. It’ll include commercial space and a public realm which will become the entrance to the Northern Gateway project.

Project Director for Far East Consortium Hilary Brett said: “Sharing our draft proposals for Victoria Riverside is an important day for us. It is a key gateway site and sets the tone for regeneration within Red Bank as part of the Northern Gateway programme with Manchester City Council. We hope the site will play a key role in beginning the transformation of the wider Lower Irk Valley into a thriving collection of successful neighbourhoods. We welcome views from neighbours and residents on our draft proposals.”

Katie Tonkinson, Partner at Hawkins\Brown and Head of Studio North, added: “Our approach to the site has been to embed quality in our design, from district to doorknob. The opening up of key routes along Bromley Street and Dantzic Street provide a significant public realm contribution, extending the urban life of the city. The placement and sculpting of the three towers allows the site to integrate with the wider district creating visual permeability and key connections both back to the urban landscape and to the natural features of St Catherine’s Wood and the River Irk.”

You can find out more about FEC’s plans at the Greater Manchester Development Conference >