Manchester's über-trendy urban renaissance is set to become the unlikely recipient of a traditionalist regeneration initiative masterminded by the Prince's Trust.
Mingling with schemes by the likes of Will Alsop, Ian Simpson and Studio Egret West, there will now be a development likely to mimic Dorset's famous Poundbury.
The unlikely appointment will see the Prince's masterplanners working on a site adjacent to the Gorton Monastery.
The Monastery Village scheme, for English Partnerships, will consist of around 60 larger family houses on land which has been derelict for almost a decade, and a mixed-use development adjoining the Monastery building itself ( pictured
At an event launching the scheme on Monday, Hank Dittmar, The Prince's Foundation chief executive, said his organisation had taken on the development because of the heritage angle.
He said: 'The Prince's Foundation only works on a small number of projects each year, selected on the basis of the educational opportunity they offer.
'In the case of Gorton Monastery we want to demonstrate how new building adjoining a sensitive heritage site can add to the value of the heritage asset rather than detract from it - providing a real catalyst for regeneration.
'We hope that the communities of east Manchester will reap rewards from this building project long into the future - and that housebuilders working in similar, sensitive sites will see this as a learning opportunity.' by Ed Dorrell