The exciting new developments set to change Manchester in 2023: from Co-op Live arena to new five-star hotel

From the arrival of arts hub Factory International to the next phase of the Mayfield regeneration, here are some of the biggest projects due to come to fruition in 2023 in Manchester.

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Manchester’s skyline continued to evolve this year while major deals were struck for new developments which will change the face of the city centre.

Thousands of flats and several skyscrapers were given the green light in Manchester city centre in 2022 together with other major developments. New neighbourhoods are being built and existing estates redeveloped as part of the Victoria North project  – one of the largest projects of its kind in the UK.

The next phase of development of Gary Neville’s city centre development is set to start next year, including a 40-storey tower featuring a five-star hotel. The transformation of the Boddingtons Brewery site near Strangeways will continue with work on hundreds of new homes expected to start next year.

Another skyscraper in the Great Jackson Street area is set to be completed. And a brand new arts centre will finally open in the summer after many delays.

Here are the bighest developments set to change the face of the city in 2023.

Mayfield Phase 1

Manchester city centre saw its first new park opened in more than 100 years in September as part of the Mayfield development near Piccadilly Station.

Since then, a £400m deal has been struck so that work on the first phase of the development around the new park can start towards the end of 2023. This phase of the plan for the south side of the city centre site includes two office buildings with 320,000 sq ft and a 581-space multi-storey car park.

A 24-month building programme is scheduled for the 76,000 sq ft Poulton office block and the car park while another office block called The Republic is also planned in this phase of the project which was approved in early 2020. The overall masterplan for Mayfield includes more than 1.5m sq ft of office space and 1,500 homes as well as food, leisure and retail facilities and more than 13-acres of green space, including the newly opened Mayfield Park.

Mayfield Phase 1 offices in Manchester city centre. Credit: Mayfield PartnershipMayfield Phase 1 offices in Manchester city centre. Credit: Mayfield Partnership
Mayfield Phase 1 offices in Manchester city centre. Credit: Mayfield Partnership

Factory International

After years of delays, Manchester’s new flagship art centre is finally set to open in June with a programme of events already announced and on sale.

The arts centre which is being built on the former Granada TV Studios site is anticipated to attract up to 1.15m visitors a year when it opens in the summer. The unique building at the heart of the St John’s regeneration area will be the permanent home of Manchester International Festival with events planned all year round, contributing an estimated £1.1bn to the economy over a decade.

But the major project, which is being funded mostly by the government and Arts Council England, has seen its budget almost double since its conception. In October, Manchester city council agreed to put another £25m towards the project which was initially due to be done by 2019, but faced some setbacks.

Now, Factory International is looking to sell the naming rights for the £210m facility in the hope that this will cover some of the extra costs of the project.

How Factory International could look when it is complete. Credit: OMAHow Factory International could look when it is complete. Credit: OMA
How Factory International could look when it is complete. Credit: OMA

St Michael’s

Gary Neville’s long-awaited city centre development has also suffered a series of setbacks over the years, but the scheme finally got going in January 2022.

The first phase of the St Michael’s development off Deansgate includes a nine-storey office building on the former Bootle Street Police station site.

In the new year, work on the 40-storey tower featuring a five-star hotel is set to start after the former footballer’s firm Relentless struck a deal with Salboy.

As part of the plans, which include a new public square with food, drink and entertainment, the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub is set to be fully refurbished.

However, the city centre’s only synagogue is set to be demolished to make way for the £200m development which has been many years in the making. The Manchester Reform Synagogue at Jackson’s Row held its final service at the 70-year-old building in November after agreeing to a £15m sale in 2021.

Phase 1 of the St Michael development in Jacksons Row, Manchester. Credit: St Michaels UK Propco LimitedPhase 1 of the St Michael development in Jacksons Row, Manchester. Credit: St Michaels UK Propco Limited
Phase 1 of the St Michael development in Jacksons Row, Manchester. Credit: St Michaels UK Propco Limited

Boddingtons Brewery

For more than 200 years, Boddingtons brewery in Strangeways was one of Manchester’s most famous brands – but now the site has been transformed.

In September, Manchester College’s new £93m city centre campus opened. And in 2023, work on more than 450 homes – most of which will be affordable – could start with plans to appoint a contractor in the first quarter of the year.

Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group is set to turn the site which has been used as a car park for more than a decade into new housing.

Plans were approved in March when the 35-month construction programme was expected to start in the summer, but a contractor is yet to be appointed.

Since then, Manchester city council has announced its intentions to redevelop the Strangeways area which could see the prison close and shops on the city’s infamous Counterfeit Street bulldozed as part of a major police operation.

Victoria North

Developers say it is the biggest urban regeneration project in the North of England – and work on 20-year project worth £4bn is now well under way.

The vision for the area north of Victoria Station is to build 15,000 new homes – of which around a fifth would be affordable – as well as a new city river park.

In 2022, work began on the first major regeneration of Collyhurst in 50 years with the Far East Consortium (FEC) and Manchester city council breaking ground on two of the seven neighbourhoods planned as part of the project in October.

Work is also under way on schemes in the Red Bank neighbourhood where more than 4,000 homes are planned as well as a new park along the River Irk.

Closer to the city centre, the New Cross Central scheme is almost complete with the first residents to occupy the 80 homes in the early part of the year.

Further plans for the 155-hectare site are expected to be put forward in 2023, including three plots along Dantzic Street earmarked for around 1,500 homes.

Collyhurst plans in Manchester Credit: Manchester city councilCollyhurst plans in Manchester Credit: Manchester city council
Collyhurst plans in Manchester Credit: Manchester city council

Great Jackson Street

Dubbed the ‘skyscraper district’, this part of the city centre has plenty more developments planned with one new tower to be completed in the new year.

Joining the huge towers already up at Deansgate Square – which is home to Manchester’s tallest – several new residential blocks are planned in the area. The Blade, a 52-storey residential tower which promises to be one of the city’s ‘most distinctive’ landmarks, should be completed in the second half of 2023.

Plans for two 51-storey buildings for the Plot F site at Great Jackson Street with a total of 988 apartments between them were also approved in 2022.

Altogether, more than 6,300 homes are planned in the new neighbourhood being developed by Renaker which is also building a new school on the site.

Building work on the 210-place Crown Street Primary School is now well under way and the first pupils are expected through its doors in September 2024.

Plans for new skyscrapers and garden at Trinity Islands in Manchester Credit: RenakerPlans for new skyscrapers and garden at Trinity Islands in Manchester Credit: Renaker
Plans for new skyscrapers and garden at Trinity Islands in Manchester Credit: Renaker

Trinity Islands

A nine-year project to build four skyscrapers – including one which would be the second tallest building in the city – were given the green light in February.

The apartment blocks, ranging from 39 to 60 storeys in height, are planned for two parcels of land on the banks of the River Irwell known as Trinity Islands.

The ‘elegant’ buildings featuring 1,950 flats would be located on land between Regent Road, Liverpool Road and Water Street which is currently a car park.

Nearly two-thirds of the site off Trinity Way will be turned into green space which will be twice the size of Cathedral Gardens and open to the public.

Work on the £741m scheme is set to progress in 2023.

Ancoats Mobility Hub

In the summer, a funding package of more than £30m was agreed for the final phase of the regeneration of Ancoats, paving the way for more development.

The £32.7m package will fund the ‘revitalisation’ of public spaces and infrastructure improvements in the area including a new ‘mobility hub’.

The ‘innovative’ mobility hub will provide car parking, electric vehicle charging points, local car and bike clubs, a cycle hub, café and delivery hub for the local area, and will sit within a public square that links directly to Ancoats Green.

The work, which was set to start in the second half of the year and be finished by 2026, would see a connected network of streets and new spaces created.

The funding, which mostly comes from Homes England, is also expected to attract additional private investment of around £450m for 1,500 new homes.

The public realm work, which includes the mobility hub, is set to start in 2023.

Co-op Live in Manchester is set to open in December 2023Co-op Live in Manchester is set to open in December 2023
Co-op Live in Manchester is set to open in December 2023

Co-Op Live

The UK’s biggest live entertainment arena is set to open doors in December of next year, welcoming up to 23,500 fans to over 120 events each year. It’s currently being built at the Etihad campus. And it’s focus is firmly on creating the best live gig experience out there.

“Co-op Live is about the fan and the artist, it is specially designed to deliver the best sound, atmosphere and experience for everyone who walks through our doors,” says President of OVG International, Jessica Koravos. “Innovative technology and design will bring a unique live entertainment experience to the UK.”

The project is a joint venture between Oak View Group and City Football Group, alongside private investor and mega-star singer Harry Styles who has been instrumental in the design.

“I am incredibly happy to be partnering with OVG on their plans for Co-op Live,” Harry said previously. “Manchester is an incredible city filled with incredible people and I couldn’t be happier to be involved in this project. It very much feels like coming home.”