Transformation of the inner city area of Hulme in Manchester
In 1991, we were commissioned by Hulme Regeneration Limited, a Joint Venture between Manchester City Council and AMEC, as lead design consultants to create a concept and masterplan for the regeneration of Hulme based on the visioning work of Canadian Joe Berridge. Part funded by the City Challenge initiative, the site comprised approximately 230 acres of inner city land suffering from major decline.
Inner city decline
This inner city area of Manchester had changed dramatically from its original high density back to back terraces, which were cleared in the sixties and replaced by the four or five storey deck access ‘crescents’ which characterized the area in the seventies and eighties. The change in housing density, alongside planning and housing policy in this period was an underlying factor to the lack of community in the area and its many problems.
Our plan aimed to reverse the decline by bringing the housing to a working density which would in turn support local shops and amenities and allow the community to re-establish. The proposed masterplan also reintegrated the district into surrounding areas by connecting major routes. The development pattern was derived from the traditional urban block connected by a network of streets and squares and is now a popular thriving neighbourhood continuing to attract major private development.
Urban design code
Following the success of the masterplan and its relevance to other problem inner city areas we contributed to the Hulme Regeneration Urban Design Code, which was adopted by Manchester City Council and formed the core document from which the City Design Code was developed. We have subsequently developed and applied our Hulme research to many other masterplans.
Housing: Hulme High Street
Delivered against the Hulme City Masterplan, the high street is a development of a group of buildings that comprise 211 apartments and townhouses. These sit in linear and circular blocks and create the new Hulme High Street which connects through to the Princess Parkway, one of the main arterial roads into Manchester city centre. The new blocks have distinctive forms and varying heights which work together to create a strong sense of place inherent in the masterplan outline.
Housing: Life Building
The block adjacent to the super market, The Life Building is a large apartment scheme distinguished by the large covered central courtyard which is the main amenity for all residents. Within this block, and the circular building at the end of the High Street, all parking is underground leaving the ground floor free for communal entry and activity.
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