Manchester councilors have approved the payment of nearly Â£ 350,000 in design costs as the first two programs emerged from the city’s fledgling housing delivery company.
A report to the Manchester City Council executive committee last week called for an increase in the capital budget to cover payments for developing plans before the This City vehicle is officially put in place.
The committee voted last summer in favor of the creation of the housing delivery company as part of an overhaul of the city’s management of residential development.
Now a report outlined the latest developments in the initiative, including progress made in the implementation of the first two programs.
The first is a site at Ancoats & Beswick in east Manchester, according to the study, where a design team led by Mace was appointed and drove the designs to RIBA Stage 1. This is expected to lead to the construction of 122 homes, a mix of apartments and townhouses, including 37 units at affordable rent levels.
Following this, a development of 82 apartments will be advanced in Piccadilly, closer to the city center. At least one in five of these homes is expected to be affordable. Cost consultant Faithful + Gould is leading the coordination of the design team for this project, with work underway to host a mini-competition for an architect to develop the proposals.
The report to the advisers said: ‘In order to keep the momentum with the design work on these projects, the executive is asked to approve funding of Â£ 347,000 to cover the costs of the design team until the end of December 2021, when there will be critical checkpoint dates on both programs for the executive to agree on next development and implementation steps.
âFunding for the cost of the design team will initially come from the city council’s capital program, and then will be distributed among that city, once the business begins to operate. “