The head of a large-scale development in Manchester has warned the UK’s cities need to take a comprehensive and integrated approach to housing to cater to the needs of future generations.
Speaking at a RIBA event at MIPIM, David Pringle, director of NOMA, also said building a strong digital infrastructure and creating mixed communities must also be a priority for developers.
NOMA is a 20-acre mixed-use neighbourhood being delivered jointly by the Co-operative Group and Hermes Investment Management. Located right in the heart of Manchester, and close by to a recently revamped Victoria station, it aims to be one of the UK’s best-connected business destinations.
Digital connectivity is a key part of that strategy, and this year will see first-class Wi-Fi rolled out across public spaces in NOMA.
But future technologies like 5G will also need accommodating if a development is to be successful over the long-term, said Pringle, claiming future-proofing will become as important as energy efficiency and physical location.
The failure of mono-tenure estates has also underlined the need for genuinely mixed communities, as Pringle urged local authorities to work with developers to deliver homes across a range of price-points and tenures in a single location.
Housing for private rent and for sale will be on offer within NOMA, with Moda Living’s Angel Garden PRS scheme about to start on site and a major announcement expected later this month on the Angel Meadow residential development, which has the potential to provide around 500 homes.
David Pringle, director of NOMA at the Co-operative Group, said:
“At NOMA, our priority is a very much on creating a new neighbourhood that will last for the long-term, and that means taking a forward-thinking and holistic approach to development.
“If councils are to meet the housing needs of future generations, a similar approach is needed to delivering new homes that takes on board new ideas around digital connectivity and sustainable, mixed communities.”