One Manchester turns motor factory site into affordable homes

One Manchester is building 45 new homes on the site of the old Crossley Motors factory in Gorton in a £5.8 million scheme called Crossley Grange.
A CGI impression of Crossley Grange, One Manchester's £5.8 million scheme in Gorton, Manchester.
An artist’s impression of Crossley Grange, One Manchester’s £5.8 million scheme in Gorton, Manchester. Credit: One Manchester

The Manchester housing provider One Manchester is building 45 new ‘affordable’ homes on land that was once home to a historic motor factory.

The housing association is building the homes on the site of the old Crossley Motors factory in Gorton in a £5.8 million scheme called Crossley Grange.

The scheme will see a mix of two-, three-, and four-bed homes built at the site. All the homes will be made available for shared ownership to help first-time buyers get onto the housing ladder.

One Manchester has received £1.3 million to support the scheme from Homes England’s Affordable Homes Programme, which was bid for via the social housing consortium JV North.

Catherine Halstead, senior development manager at One Manchester, said: “We’re really pleased to be delivering this development, which will bring some much-needed affordable housing to the heart of Gorton.

“At One Manchester, we’re dedicated to creating thriving communities and this allows us to continue providing local residents with the opportunity to get on to the housing ladder.”

Crossley Motors was founded in 1906, quickly becoming one of the North West’s most prestigious businesses as it developed some of the first modern petrol engines.

Its factory was a major supplier of military vehicles during the First and Second World Wars and is said to have influenced Henry Ford’s famous production line before the site finally closed in 1958.

The new homes at Crossley Street will feature vertically stacked brickwork in a homage to the metal radiator grilles once found on Crossley cars and buses.

The new homes will be energy-efficient, lowering utility bills for the new occupiers, while every property will have access to an electric vehicle charging unit.

Each property will also have a private amenity space, private car parking and cycle storage at the back.

Crossley Grange will sit close to primary and secondary schools, as well as local amenities including a shopping centre, supermarkets and a pharmacy.

Gorton Market is adjacent to the site, while new residents will also benefit from good public transport connections.

One Manchester expects that the scheme at Crossley Street will be fully complete by August 2021.

One Manchester owns and manages over 12,000 homes in central, south and east Manchester, providing housing and community services.

The housing association is one of nine full members of JV North, whose members collectively manage over 114,500 homes.

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