In Manchester, the future is sky-high

Residents who prefer the suburbs over city living no longer need to head out of town to find the calm they’re craving. Plans are underway for Manchester's first vertical village, which will offer some of the best views over the city, as well as a suburban-style enclave for residents who would previously have moved out of the city. When the €1.4 billion project wraps up in 2022, it will feature 1,400 homes, community gardens and communal areas, a farmer’s market, and an educational facility. Dubbed Trinity Islands, this will be the tallest residential scheme in northwest Europe and form an integrated city-centre community where everyone can benefit from an improved quality of life. Let’s take a closer look at the project underway and how this development offers a solution to urban planning struggles.  — Philippe Leonard


Skyscraper living

As Manchester continues building up, it’s becoming Britain’s second city for towers, and this project is the perfect example of the benefits this type of construction can have for citizens. Manchester’s first vertical village will not only enhance the city’s skyline, it will also redevelop and bring new life to a brownfield derelict water-front area, connecting it to the surrounding city centre.

“It is not simply a residential development, it’s the creation of a community that can serve a much wider neighbourhood,” explains Mike Ingall, Chief Executive of developer Allied London. “Our experience in taking over the former Clarence Dock in Leeds and successfully delivering the new Leeds Docks shows the importance of creating an appropriate mix of use around significant residential developments. Other developments in this new area have little to no community, retail or recreation uses, so we have been keen that Trinity Islands will be the heart of this new area.”

The integrated city-centre community will consist of five towers, with the tallest standing 67 stories high, as well as a town square filled with cafes, bars, community galleries and a boat club. Not only will the project provide a community feel for the previously isolated and underutilised area, it will also offer a solution for some of the city’s social challenges—one being centrally located housing options. As the area’s population has grown from a few hundred in the 1990s to over 20,000 today, this mixed-use neighbourhood will not only be able to respond to the high demand for apartments, it will also offer affordable accommodation options for families and city centre workers who previously had to commute long distances. These towers are estimated to house a little over 3,000 tenants in sustainable accommodations with commercial floor space helping boost the local economy.

By working in partnership with the Manchester City Council, Trinity Islands will create an inclusive environment and community where everyone—regardless of socioeconomic status—can benefit.