Prior + Partners have been shortlisted by Manchester City Council has as one six multi-disciplinary firms to develop a neighbourhood development framework for Holt Town, which could support the delivery of 4,000 homes.

The successful team will draw up a 10-year vision aimed at guiding the long-awaited transformation of the 74-acre post-industrial no man’s land between Manchester city centre and the Etihad Stadium.


The shortlist is made up of :


  • Allies and Morrison
  • Gensler
  • Macreanor Lavington
  • Planit
  • Prior + Partners
  • Studio Egret West

It is anticipated that the successful team will be announced next spring, with submissions to be sent to the city council by the end of January.

Once the winner is announced, work is expected to begin as soon as possible on the delivery of the project, which will regenerate an area currently characterised by brownfield land and low-density industrial uses.

Manchester City Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig believes that Holt Town is the “missing piece of the jigsaw” between the city centre and major investment in East Manchester.

“We look forward to seeing the different approaches of the shortlisted team and we welcome fresh ideas and the commitment to see the transformation of this community – including new homes and opportunities to create new employment”, she said.

“This is just the beginning of the journey for Holt Town – a bold and exciting future awaits.”