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Edaw and Studio Egret West design entire 'urban quarter' for Manchester

Edaw and Studio Egret West's massive Holt Town Waterfront development on the edge of Manchester city centre has been submitted for planning.

Backed by developer Cibitas Investment, the 38ha scheme will create more than 370,000m2 of new homes - ranging from houses and duplexes through to large-scale apartments.

At least 70 per cent of the accommodation on the site - which will sit next to the Sports City Development built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games - will be aimed at families, with each home boasting its own parking space and private garden.

Hailed as a new 'urban quarter', the riverside development will also deliver a valley park, a primary school, offices, shops, bars and restaurants over the next 15 years.

David Shelton, a managing director at Cibitas, said: 'We will be introducing new uses, in a fully mixed-use sense, through the careful coordination of design with a robust financial model. This will ensure effective delivery of all the elements necessary to create a new part of the city.'

He added: 'Holt Town Waterfront is an ambitious project that will redefine urban family living in the UK. We hope this project becomes a flagship for the rest of the country.'

Already backed by CABE, the masterplan for the scheme was also worked on with Arup, Davis Langdon and GVA Grimley.

by Richard Waite

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