Proposal for the Ancoats Mobility Hub
Ancoats was born out of innovation. Overcoming the challenge of moving coal and cotton brought the canals which in turn attracted mills that hired workers who needed somewhere close by to live. It became the world’s first industrial suburb. In the world’s first industrial city.
Much has changed since then. But the need to innovate has remained. A rejection of business-as-usual has become the Manchester way and it has led to a planning application for the UK’s first urban mobility hub.
The planning application has been submitted by Manchester Life Strategic Development Company Limited on behalf of Manchester City Council. Manchester Life Strategic Development Company Limited is the master planning and coordination joint venture between Manchester City Council and Manchester Life.
The Ancoats Mobility Hub will place sustainable transport choices at the heart of the community and prioritise streets for people over vehicles.
- By providing electric car spaces, secure cycle spaces and showers, and an electric car-sharing club, the Hub will enable you to choose a greener way to get around. This will quicken the move away from petrol and diesel vehicles, improving air quality and protecting the environment.
- By bringing together parking in one place the Hub will ensure future developments are car-park free, meaning urban designers can focus on creating places for people to relax and enjoy.
- By creating a delivery depot to receive local deliveries and parcels, and limiting delivery vehicles to a specific area, the Hub will slash the number of delivery vehicles zigzagging across the neighbourhood by 1200 km per day.
- By controlling on-street parking and reducing vehicle numbers, the Hub will create a safer, cleaner, and people-friendly environment, creating more space for more outdoor socialising.
- By opening public cycling facilities, providing new public space and space for a community cycle cafe, the Hub will celebrate connections to the adjacent Ancoats Green and nearby canal paths.
The Hub plans responds to City Centre Transport Strategy and Manchester’s Clean Air and Net-Zero targets by pioneering a new approach to sustainable transport and neighbourhood mobility into the area.
"The purpose of a car park is to park cars. The purpose of the Hub is to transform a neighbourhood over time, pioneer new ways of getting around and encourage people to choose greener and healthier transport options. This is about thinking and acting differently."
- Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council.
The Hub aims to provide a way for you to decide today what kind of neighbourhood you want tomorrow.
A neighbourhood where cars crawl across every corner or where you take control and limit car use to a specific area?
A neighbourhood where the car is king or where people come first, roads are reclaimed for relaxing, eating, drinking, socialising and the very idea of car ownership is challenged because there are better options?
A neighbourhood that can proudly play a part in tackling climate change because in this part of town, travellers go to the plug or the pedal and not to the pump?
We can keep doing this…
…or gradually move…
… to this.
"There is no quick fix for the climate emergency. Everyone needs to make choices about how they live day-to-day with climate change in mind. In particular, we welcome the enhanced provision to support cycling and the neighbourhood delivery depot.”
- Mike Wilton, Manchester Climate Change Partnership
What's inside the Hub?
- A large delivery depot will receive local deliveries and parcels, which will then be collected by residents or taken to individual developments via small electric vans or cargo bikes. This is in response to the dramatic increase in online ordering – currently estimated to be 53 parcels per person per year.
- 25% of the 408 Hub parking spaces are for electric vehicles. This will rise to 100% on-demand ensuring those who wish to switch from the pump to the plug are able to do so.
- An electric car share club and e-bike hire will challenge the need to own a car altogether and will place climate-friendly transport at the centre of the community.
- A 150-space cycling hub with shower and locker facilities for public use will promote a healthier way of getting around.
- Potential for a large café to open for the public, from the joggers and dog walkers of Ancoats Green to users of the Hub.
- Rooftop solar panels and green vertical walls covering an area larger than two tennis courts, alongside increased tree planting, will increase biodiversity on the site.
- The Hub will operate 24/07, with parking, hire and delivery and other services accessed via an App.
The Hub is located in the Ancoats Conservation Area, one of the city’s most important historic areas, in East Manchester.
Close to the City Centre, situated between the Rochdale Canal and Oldham Road, with the neighbourhoods of New Islington and NOMA as close neighbours, the position of the hub within Ancoats is key to its success.
Vehicles that require access to the neighbourhood do not have to drive through it, instead they can access the Hub from Oldham Road. And new and well-lit walking and cycling routes will connect Ancoats Green to the neighbourhood.
"We live in an amazing community, so it's exciting to think we're going to have a facility that will enable us to think about the transport choices we each make and how we can put people and the environment first."
- Local resident and Cafe Cotton owner Chris Griffiths
The Strategic Context
The plans have been submitted by Manchester Life Strategic Development Company Limited (the master planning and coordination joint venture between Manchester City Council and Manchester Life). This is on behalf of Manchester City Council.
Since 2014 Manchester Life have been operating as a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi United Group and Manchester City Council. It operates as an investor, residential developer, place maker, and landlord to drive regeneration and deliver housing for Manchester's growing professional population.
The plans directly respond to Manchester City Council's emerging Ancoats Public Realm Strategy, City Centre Transport Strategy, and the 2020 Poland Street Zone Neighbourhood Development Framework. The Hub also responds to Manchester’s clean air and net-zero targets by pioneering a new approach to sustainable transport and neighbourhood mobility into the area.
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Planning Application News
PLANS FOR MOBILITY HUB IN ANCOATS TEARS UP ‘BUSINESS AS USUAL’ BY PLACING SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT CHOICES AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY AND PRIORITISING STREETS FOR PEOPLE OVER VEHICLES.
- Streets will see fewer vehicle movements by centralising residents parking and deliveries.
- Future developments can proceed without parking incorporated (aside from disabled spaces).
- Electric car share club, e-bike scheme, and 150 secure visitor cycle parking spaces with changing facilities enable the community to switch to sustainable transport modes.
- The use of Ancoats Green will increase, and safety in the area will be improve with new landscaped public space and a community & cycle café.
- Hub supports Manchester's clean air, and zero carbon by 2038 targets by reducing vehicle movements by 1200km per day in the area and providing a market leading proportion of 408 Hub spaces will have electric vehicle charging - initially 25% rising to 100% on-demand.
- Rooftop solar panels and green vertical walls (535 sqm) cover an area larger than two tennis courts incorporated into Hub's design.
MANCHESTER: A planning application for an urban mobility hub has been submitted by Manchester Life Strategic Development Company Limited, the master planning and coordination joint venture between Manchester City Council and Manchester Life. The application is on behalf of Manchester City Council to support clean air and climate change priorities and the next phase of housing growth in Ancoats and New Islington.
The Ancoats Mobility Hub would operate as a shared facility to ensure Ancoats grows as a 'people first' neighbourhood that prioritises streets for people over vehicles and provides sustainable and shared mobility choices.
The ambition is for the Hub to be operational by the end of 2023. Streets and public space across the neighbourhood will immediately become cleaner and safer as on-street parking is removed and vehicle movements across the area are reduced.
It will encourage the shift away from petrol and diesel cars and remove the need for private parking within future developments, enabling neighbourhood development to focus on creating places for people to relax and enjoy.
The Hub will break the traditional link between residential leases and car parking leases, allowing residents to acquire and relinquish a right to a parking space as their circumstances change. This unique flexibility ensures access to parking is not a barrier for residents to stay in the neighbourhood as their housing and mobility needs change, such as when starting a family.
The neighbourhood delivery depot will reduce the increase in vehicle movements caused by online ordering. It will receive local deliveries and parcels, which will then be collected by residents or taken to individual developments via small electric vans or cargo bikes.
Other community facilities include a commercial unit which will be prioritised for a community and cycle repair café adjacent to Ancoats Green, and 150 secure cycle parking spaces with changing facilities for public use. A team will manage the delivery hub. e-bikes, the car club and parking spaces will be managed via an app.
40% of the Hub site area is car-free outdoor public space, with a new and well-lit walking and cycling link to connect the Green into Ancoats to increase community usage and improve public safety.
The Hub would be located on land owned by the City Council and currently occupied by low-rise warehouse units adjacent to Ancoats Green, which is the shortest and least disruptive route for vehicles to enter and leave the neighbourhood from Oldham Road.
The plans directly respond to Manchester City Council's emerging Ancoats Public Realm Strategy, City Centre Transport Strategy, and the 2020 Poland Street Zone Neighbourhood Development Framework.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council said: "The Hub is a UK first. Anyone who thinks this is ‘just another car park’ is massively missing the point.
"The purpose of a car park is to park cars. The purpose of the Hub is to help transform the neighbourhood over time, pioneering new ways of getting around and encouraging people to choose greener and healthier transport options. This is about thinking and acting differently.
“We have to recognise that many people who choose to live in the city centre require cars for their daily life and work. But we do want to be very deliberate in making sustainable transport changes easier and more attractive – encouraging the use of electric vehicles, cycles and other forms of active travel while supporting the transition away from petrol and diesel.”
Marty Edelman, Executive Chairman of Manchester Life, said: “As a place maker and developer, it is critical that Manchester Life responds to the future needs of the neighbourhood. We took this approach when we formed Manchester Life in 2014, and the neighbourhood has since become an incredible community brought to life by its people and businesses.”
“As we think about the future needs of Ancoats, its road limitations, and overlay with the city’s climate response and transport priorities, the need for a mobility hub is clear. This is a bold project that will improve life on day one and set the future of Ancoats on a sustainable path.”
Mike Wilton, Chair of the Manchester Climate Change Partnership, said: "There is no quick fix for the climate emergency. Everyone needs to make choices about how they live day-to-day with climate change in mind. Travel and mobility within the city are priorities for change."
"We welcome the work to develop plans for the Ancoats Mobility Hub. It needs to enable and encourage people to make those low and zero-carbon travel choices. In particular, we welcome the enhanced provision to support cycling and the neighbourhood delivery depot. This type of facility, and more, will be needed for Manchester to play its fullest part in limiting the impacts of climate change, as set out the Manchester Climate Change Framework."
Adam Brady, Executive Director at property developer HBD, said: “As an adjoining landowner, we’re really excited to see plans moving forward for the Ancoats Mobility Hub - it’s a brilliant concept to create well thought out, car-free communities and help us move toward a zero-carbon future.
“People want to be able to do their bit in tackling the climate crisis but aren’t yet able to give up their car completely - instead of being forced to either keep it or lose it, the hub will create a safer, greener neighbourhood for everyone to enjoy, while helping to change transport habits over the longer term.”
Local resident and Cafe Cotton owner Chris Griffiths said: "The Ancoats Mobility Hub proposals made me think of my carbon footprint as a resident and business owner. The Hub would enable us to take two cars off the road. Imagine if other businesses could do the same? It's really going change the feel of our neighbourhood for the better. And it will help us achieve our aim to be a carbon-neutral business."
"We live in an amazing community, so it's exciting to think we're going to have a facility that will enable us to think about the transport choices we each make and how we can put people and the environment first. Undoubtedly, it's one of the most critical developments in Ancoats, and I hope other neighbourhoods take it as a blueprint to do things better.”