As strategic partner to Manchester City Council through the City Challenge programme, Muse acted as master developer for the regeneration of Hulme, previously one of the worst pockets of social and economic deprivation in the UK. Following demolition of the 1960s Hulme Crescents tower blocks in the early 1990s, Muse masterplanned a new mixed-use community of low-rise housing centred on a new food retail development.
Regeneration involved the redevelopment of a large area at the heart of Hulme in Manchester, including the former Moss Side Shopping Centre, active industrial operations, existing buildings to be retained and the site of demolished residential blocks. Muse created 66,888 sqm of commercial floor space and 550 new homes.
The scheme consists of an Asda food store, retail units and a market hall with market square, four purpose-built industrial premises for existing owners and the refurbishment of the existing leisure centre and office block. The first buildings were occupied in 1997.
A clear acquisitions strategy was put in place from the outset to ensure the successful delivery of schemes where third party ownerships needed to be assembled without prejudicing the overall programme or viability.
Muse drew up a set of robust design guidelines for the residential development, which was delivered by a number of national house builders, to maintain quality standards throughout.
The Hulme Tenant Participation Project was established and funded by the City Challenge programme. It was established to represent the local community-occupied premises on site and helped generate local employment.