Work has begun on site to deliver a new Community Hub on the corner of Hyde Road and Clowes Street in West Gorton – a key component of the comprehensive regeneration programme that is being delivered to transform the area.
The project is being delivered by LSP Developments on land being made available by Manchester City Council. It is expected to be completed by the summer 2017.
The project involves the relocation of the West Gorton Medical Centre from Wenlock Way, together with space for a pharmacy and shop with customer and disabled parking.
Include a significant greening scheme throughout the site, the development will also have planting beds, a fruit tree corner and an edible garden – to provide the chance to learn about producing healthy foods.
The overall West Gorton regeneration programme is being delivered in partnership between the City Council, Keepmoat Homes, Matrix Homes and the Guinness Partnership.
In addition, the programme has involved the demolition of 440 outdated Council properties, including tow tower blocks, the building of 212 new homes for social rent; and the refurbishment of a further 144 retained homes. Keepmoat Homes are currently on site delivering up to 400 new homes for market sale.
The programme has also involved the extension of Armitage Primary school to provide additional school places, and the redevelopment of the former Fujitsu Complex as, “The Space Project”, a purpose built facility for large scale television and film production, which over time, will create up to 500 new jobs.
Before the overall scheme is completed West Gorton will also see a new community park provided, together with other public realm improvements.
Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “New homes alone cannot make a strong community. A community needs services and amenities to prosper. West Gorton’s regeneration programme is undoubtedly transformational for the area, but without this community hub the area would struggle to attract new families and grow.
“A huge amount of investment has given the area a new lease of life and the hub is what this neighbourhood deserves – one of the final pieces that will make West Gorton a neighbourhood of choice”.
Doctor Mike Eeckelaers from the West Gorton Medical Centre said: “This is great news. We have been working with the City Council and colleagues in the NHS for some time to secure a new, modern facility from which we can meet the health needs of the local community. It is fantastic that this is now happening”.
Also commenting on the news was Phil Lilley from LSP Developments, who said: “This scheme has been in the planning for a number of years. We are delighted to finally be on site and making our contribution to the continued redevelopment of West Gorton”.