New Cross Central\

Unique homes that stand out from the crowd

Our design for New Cross Central creates a distinctive sculptural form orientated to maximise light and views back to the city centre.

The perimeter block reinforces the historic grid of New Cross while the sculptural design creates a unique form that changes depending on viewpoint. Townhouses at ground floor activate the new neighbourhood’s streetscape and share views of the central residents’ garden with the 100% dual aspect apartments at upper levels.

The challenge

The challenge was to deliver eighty homes on a modest city centre site and create a unique offer for future residents: dual aspect accommodation, family homes accessible from the street, generous private amenity, an environment to foster community and the opportunity to feel at home in the city.


dual aspect accommodation at upper levels

The big idea

The solution was to develop a courtyard block, centred around a shared residents’ garden and forming a cascade of private roof terraces. The design creates street accessed townhouses on all four façades which form a band of active frontage around the base of the building. At the heart of the scheme is the shared garden, a resource for all residents to enjoy a private oasis in the city. At upper levels, roof terraces provide generous private amenity, orientated towards the south to take advantage of the sun path and views back towards the city centre.

The small detail

We took a conceptual approach to developing the design, both in the broader moves and the finer details. The project references aspects of traditional brick detailing around New Cross and Ancoats which can be seen in the entrances and windows, brick texture and tone.

Working from the inside out

Hawkins\Brown’s interior design studio collaborated with the architectural team to create a thorough and well-considered design concept for future homeowners. The interior design celebrates the honest use of materials, with exposed concrete walls and ceilings, timber floors and high-quality interior fittings. Bathrooms feature a neutral palette with an industrial feel while crafted wall tiles, brass taps and feature lighting add luxury. Kitchens offer residents a choice of colour scheme (light or dark) and master bedrooms have statement pendant lighting and walk-in wardrobes. The entrance lobby and deck have a consistent language and colour strategy, inspired by the courtyard landscaping, providing a clear route from street level to doorstep.

The bigger picture

New Cross Central is one of the first schemes to be brought forward by our client FEC in joint venture with Manchester City Council as part of their Northern Gateway Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF). The Northern Gateway is a 155 hectare regeneration site to the north of Manchester City Centre and is set to deliver up to 15,000 new homes over the next 15-20 years making a significant contribution to Manchester’s Residential Growth Strategy, along with the city-regional and national growth agendas. The aspiration of the SRF is to provide a range of housing options in a high-quality, well managed environment, with significant social and community infrastructure and high levels of connectivity to link the growth of the city centre with surrounding Manchester communities. New Cross Central is located in New Cross, one of seven vibrant, sustainable and integrated neighbourhoods described in the SRF and the point where the Northern Gateway touches the City. A network of enhanced green links will connect New Cross to Red Bank where Hawkins\Brown is also working with FEC to develop the Victoria Riverside scheme.

“With Hawkins\Brown, we have designed a great scheme which we know will appeal to owner occupiers. New Cross Central is our second scheme in the city and will contribute to the ongoing regeneration of New Cross, and hopefully, act as a further catalyst.”

Hilary Brett, Project Director, Far East Consortium

Project Summary

Project Team

Planning Consultant: Avison Young
Landscape Architect: Exterior Architecture
Structural Engineer: Civic Engineers
Services Engineer: Watt Energy
Fire Engineer: Omega Fire
Cost Consultant: Turner and Townsend
Principal Designer: Hawkins\Brown

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