Moss Naylor Young have just been commissioned to promote a regeneration scheme in East Manchester with the working title “Project Gorton”: Gorton is an area that has suffered relative decline in the last 30 years with the revitalisation of the city centre and subsequently the Eastlands Regeneration following the Commonwealth Games and the relocation of Manchester City Football Club. Moss Naylor Young’s initial brief is to assist in forming a coalition of the willing, including Manchester City Council and United Utilities, both of whom own substantial land holdings in the area. A regeneration corridor has been identified passing through some of the most deprived areas of Greater Manchester. Moss Naylor Young are identifying a vision along this former transport corridor which links Eastlands with Gorton Reservoir, creating a destination around the lake.
Moss Naylor Young are involved in the remodelling and regeneration of Frome Town Centre: Frome is a market town with a population of around 25,000 on the Somerset/Wiltshire Border, with an 18th century street pattern in the centre and a number of historic buildings that have collectively fostered a strong independent retail sector and a distinctive community spirit. The Regeneration is focused initially around the Market Place where the Boyle Cross and the buildings are dominated by traffic and parking, and the first phases involve a re-working of the space to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment and social ambience for the twice-weekly market still held in the square. The project includes extensive consultation with the business community and local residents and is set to move to implementation in 2017.
There are a shortage or moorings on the River Witham in Lincolnshire, especially moorings that can cope with the fluctuations of water levels between winter and summer. In addition, the town of Woodhall Spa is becoming a minor tourist destination and as a result a land owner is proposing to develop a large marina and associated holiday accommodation. Moss Naylor Young have been part of the team developing these proposals which involve a mile long access canal and lock to lift the marina above the flood plain – this being to assist year round land-based access to the boats and holiday accommodation, flooding of the waterspace will to some extent occur but storage capacity and access will be unaffected. Additionally, renewable energy initiatives aimed at making the marina energy self-sufficient are proposed. Moss Naylor Young have also provided revenue forecasts for the marina.