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Redevelopment of Manchester's famous Maine Road stadium revealed

Leach Rhodes Walker has submitted plans to redevelop Maine Road, the former home of Manchester City Football Club.

Covering almost 7ha, the multimillion-pound scheme is one of the largest residential-led mixed-use regeneration schemes in Manchester's recent history.

The competition-winning proposals include almost 500 new homes - ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom townhouses - as well as a primary school, retail units and a state-of-the-art health facility.

Developer Lowry Homes is also considering commissioning a piece of 'public art' to sit on the former centre circle of the Blue's football stadium.

The club shipped out of Maine Road in 2003 - its historic home for almost 80 years - to move to Arup Associates' City of Manchester Stadium at Eastlands, which was built for the Commonwealth Games.

Ian Walker, director of land with Lowry Homes, said: 'This exciting redevelopment scheme will have a significant impact on the regeneration of the area and will act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of South Manchester.

'The submission of the planning application is a significant milestone in the Maine Road project's development.'

He added: 'If it is successful, we can plan to start building work in spring 2006 and we should then be completing our first homes in autumn 2006.'

A model of the project is now on view at Manchester town hall and a decision on the scheme is expected to be made in October.

by Richard Waite

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