Clayton Brook Masterplan

East Manchester, UK






The Clayton Brook Development Framework was commissioned by English Cities Fund and the City of Manchester. It articulates a vision for a large portion of east Manchester, describing how it could be transformed from an industrial wasteland into a vibrant and sustainable mixed use urban district.

In the masterplans, the main roads are upgraded to urban boulevards, two new metrolink stations are incorporated, and a bicycle and pedestrian route is extended to re-connect the area to Manchester’s city centre. Emphasis was placed upon making the best of the area’s historical, social, commercial and natural assets.

The masterplans introduces a new and distinctive urban style, with high quality, high density residential neighbourhoods, the realignment of the public realm to coincide with the Ashton Canal and the integration of the Tudor manor house of Clayton Hall into the new urban fabric. Water, neighbourhood parks, natural habitats, and artefacts from the area’s rich industrial past are used to enhance biodiversity and to create special places within this new city quarter.

A project of
Kohn Pedersen Fox (International) PA

in which the following people at PLP Architecture were involved: Ron Bakker was partner-in-charge; David Leventhal, design partner; Bernard Storch, designer; Neil Merryweather, head model maker.



English Cities Fund / New East Manchester



Mixed-use Masterplan



240 hectares / 590 acres



Masterplanning Completed