Healthy Neighbourhood at NMGH – Projects

Healthy Neighbourhood at NMGH

Client: Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Bruntwood
Sector: Living
Location: North Manchester General Hospital
Status: In Progress
Internal Team: Nigel Saunders
Andrew Smith
Emma Tanti

A new mixed-use, vibrant and diverse neighbourhood with a strong sense of place and community is being realised in north Manchester.

Currently home to a district general hospital, an intermediate care facility and a mental health hospital, the 27-hectare masterplan (led by Sheppard Robson) presents an enormous opportunity to enable generational change in the local community by creating a modern and integrated health and social care environment, alongside a new residential neighbourhood that encourages social inclusion, a balance community and healthy ageing.

The residents of north Manchester experience some of the highest rates of deprivation and the poorest health outcomes in England. Many have significant ill health, which is a major factor in reducing economic activity and suppressing household incomes. The radical new approach will provide a focal point for the community, with integrated health and social care facilities, high-quality new homes, access to better education and training for local people alongside more inviting public open spaces. The development will also take a lead role in developing a zero-carbon environment for the benefit of the residents, local communities, and beyond. It will ensure local people are supported to ‘get well and stay well’ by tackling the root cause of ill health.

The 5-hectare parcel of land to the south west of the site has been allocated primarily for residential use for a wide range of ages and needs, celebrating all the benefits of an intergenerational, age-friendly community. Currently being developed by Pozzoni, the integrated concept includes family housing, later living, extra care, step-down/intermediate care/respite, dementia care, key worker and supported housing. Aligned with these uses is a new wellbeing hub, incorporating a GP and dental practice plus fitness facilities.

Connected by a tranquil new village green, the land to the north east of the site, totalling 2.5-hectares, will focus on commercial use, promoting opportunities for micro-enterprises and those specialising in research and development across the healthy ageing and wider healthcare agendas.

Pozzoni (architect for healthy neighbourhood and commercial quarter) Sheppard Robson (overall site masterplanner and architect for new hospital)