Work begins on ‘closing chapter’ of £32m Ancoats regeneration that started more than 20 years ago

Change is on the horizon.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 19th January 2024

It’s been a long time coming… but work has now finally begun to transform Ancoats Green into the “green heart” of the neighbourhood.

Manchester City Council has confirmed that major investment is now underway to create a much-improved city centre park space as part of “the closing chapter” of the regeneration of the Ancoats area that began more than 20 years ago.

Plans for the ambitious regeneration of the greenspace were first unveiled back in February last year.

Developers say the new park will act as a “focal point” for the popular Manchester neighbourhood as part of a wider public realm investment in that’s aiming to “celebrate the industrial and manufacturing heritage” of this part of the city centre.

New walking and cycling routes also form part of the project to “encourage active travel”, as does “significant” planting of new wetland areas and wildflowers to add colour all year round.

Work begins on ‘closing chapter’ of £32m Ancoats Green regeneration project / Credit: Manchester City Council

On top of this, given the fact that ‘community’ is said to be right at the heart of the project, along with the ambition to make a high quality and multi-functional greenspace for both existing and future generations, new play areas with accessible equipment, open grassed areas, generous footpaths, and spaces for hosting small events will also be created.

Funds for the project are being provided through Homes England and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to create the “necessary infrastructure” so that 1,500 new homes can also eventually be built.


Homes England has committed £28.1 million to the overall project, along with £4.7 million allocated by GMCA, to bring the total budget to £32.7 million. 

The first artist impression images of the project have been released this week / Credit: Manchester City Council

Bev Craig, who is the leader of Manchester City Council, said she’s pleased that work is now underway on the final part of the regeneration to what is now one of Manchester city centre’s most sought-after and popular residential areas.

“We know that more and more people are choosing to have families in the city centre,” Cllr Craig continued, “and we have an opportunity, through this investment, to create a new green heart for Ancoats with open grassed spaces and new play park that will allow the community grow and knit around it.


“This is part of a long-standing and long-term commitment that we have to make Manchester a greener, more attractive, and cleaner place to live.

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“We are committed to creating more high-quality green spaces for residents and visitors.

“Ancoats Green will be the focal point that this neighbourhood needs, becoming the lynchpin of the ongoing development in the area, and the final chapter on the regeneration of Ancoats over the last two decades.”

Featured Image – Manchester City Council