High Legh and Old Lane Estates


Mosscare Housing and Manchester City Council

Project cost

£5 million


East Manchester

Project Description

Re-modelling and regeneration of inner city estate

We worked in partnership with stakeholders and consultants to remodel and regenerate a large inner city housing estate in East Manchester.

High Legh and Old Lane Estates combine to operate an established neighbourhood in East Manchester. The estates are close to the Etihad Stadium.

High Legh was constructed in the 1950s on former industrial infill land. Old Lane was constructed in 1970s as a Radbarn style estate.

By the end of the 20th century both estates were suffering a high degree of deprivation when our client took ownership following a stock transfer.

A complex programme of works over a period of 10 years has been successfully delivered. This was achieved by our developing a close working partnership with the residents, owners, client, local authority, contractor and cost consultants.

220 homes were refurbished under the Decent Homes Programme. The 1950s estate required all contaminated gardens to be remediated. All of this work was undertaken with residents remaining in their homes.

Gardens were extended, alleys closed and new roads introduced to aid access and improve security.

190 new houses were constructed on challenging cleared infill sites. These ranged from two bed apartments/bungalows up to four bed houses. Residents were given a choice as to where they wanted to live on the estate and who their neighbours would be.

Space was made to create a new Millenium Green and extend the existing playing field. Excavated materials from the new build were used in order to reduce impact on the environment.

A warehouse/office unit was developed to create business and employment opportunities for the local area. Towards the end of the project, a site was identified and made available for an Aquired Brain Injury unit. This provides accommodation to promote independence with 24 hour staff for five individuals.

Key Features

  • Long term partnership established with stakeholders and consultants.
  • Successful refurbishment of existing units.
  • Crime hot spots eliminated.
  • Access to site improved.
  • Provision of new build housing.
  • Contaminated land remediated.
  • A new park was created.
  • Employment opportunities created via warehouse/office unit development.

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