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Taylor Young designs housing next to Pugin masterpiece - image

North West practice Taylor Young has been picked to mastermind a new housing development next to Manchester's Grade II*-listed Gorton Monastery - the city's self-proclaimed 'answer to the Taj Mahal'.

Backed by the Prince's Foundation, the 'Village' scheme will create 60 two- and three-storey family homes on the 1.9ha site next to E W Pugin's 1863 landmark, currently being restored after a decade of neglect ( Discovery of Pugin drawing opens the way to massive restoration work ).

The project for English Partnership has, according to fellow backer New East Manchester, been designed to mirror 'the sacred geometry' of Gorton Monastery 'to create complex and beautiful architectural solutions'.

Taylor Young was chosen as part of the preferred development team alongside Gleeson Regeneration following a nationwide, open development competition.

Robert Hough, chairman of New East Manchester, said: 'The Gorton Monastery Village scheme in east Manchester is set to become one of the UK's leading examples of best practice in heritage-led regeneration.

'It's vital that the houses sit harmoniously within this special setting and create a link that resonates with the monastery, thus preserving the special nature of this UNESCO World Monuments site.'

He added: 'The scheme will play an important part in the renewal process for Gorton, along with other major projects including the regeneration of the district centre and the future improvement of West Gorton.'

by Richard Waite

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