Manchester Residential Quality Guide


Manchester City Council has endorsed a draft of the Manchester Residential Quality Guidance as a basis for consultation following consideration by their Executive today. The guidance document aims to ensure the realisation of high quality, sustainable housing that meets the city’s and its communities’ needs.

Decisions Manchester makes today and in the future will have far reaching implications for the shape and quality of the city as a place to live, work and play.

The Manchester Strategy (‘Our Manchester’) sets a vision for Manchester to be in the top flight of world class cities by 2025, playing its full part in limiting climate change impacts (achieving the city’s target of carbon neutrality by 2050) and a place where residents from all backgrounds feel safe, can aspire, succeed and live well.

A key component of this, identified in the Manchester Residential Growth Strategy, is the need to deliver a minimum of 25,000 new homes over the next 10 years to sustain the positive economic and population growth forecast in Manchester over this period.

Getting this development right is critical to the future of the city and its residents.

The Manchester Residential Quality Guidance provides clear direction on what is required to deliver sustainable neighbourhoods of choice, where people will want to live, and also raise the quality of life across Manchester.

The guide, developed by Deloitte Real Estate, Planit-IE and CallisonRTKL, focuses on a set of key components that combine to deliver high quality residential development.

MAKE IT: Manchester; Bring People Together; Animate streets and spaces; Easy to get around; Work with the landscape; Practical; Future Proof; A home; Happen; and MANAGE IT Well.

The focus on post-planning design, delivery, construction and ongoing management, as essential aspects of attaining long-term development quality, sets this document apart from others. Similarly, this guidance consciously steps away from over-prescriptive standards and requirements, enabling creative and innovative design responses. It does not provide a ‘tickbox’ summary of good design – rather, it contains fundamental interwoven components that must be understood in order to achieve the quality expected from residential developments. The interactive nature and practical structuring of the document by ingredients, actions and requirements make the guidance readily accessible to developers and designers.

An understanding of this document will facilitate productive working with Manchester City Council, working on a comply or justify basis, to deliver the best results in the interests of current and future citizens.

A Sounding Board consisting of senior members of the Manchester property community and chaired by architect Stephen Hodder MBE advised on the creation of the guide. The board included Andy von Bradsky, former chairman of PRP Architects; Daren Whitaker, director of Renaker Build; Faye Whiteoak, development director of Redrow Homes; Dan Gray, technical director, Laing O’Rourke; Jim Chapman, visiting professor of architecture, Manchester School of Architecture; Cllr Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council; Cllr Kate Chappell, executive member for environment, Manchester City Council; and Cllr Derek Antrobus, assistant mayor, Salford City Council.

A series of City Conversations also informed the guide. We appreciate the contribution made by young professionals, families, students at Manchester School of Architecture, Age Friendly Manchester and Manchester Youth Council.

The continued making of Manchester as a place for everyone to live is our collective goal.