Insurance company to fund Manchester’s New Victoria scheme

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New Victoria

Pension Insurance Corporation plc (PIC) has been named as the forward funder of the first phase of development at Manchester’s New Victoria scheme, following a £130m deal

New Victoria – the £185m scheme in the heart of Manchester city centre is being delivered by national mixed-use urban regenerator, Muse Developments with support from Network Rail and Manchester City Council.

The first phase of residential development will deliver some of the best amenity space in the region, including a state-of-the-art gym, communal lounges, cycle storage and a rooftop garden.

The building fronting Corporation Street will feature retail space on the ground floor, car parking as well as public realm improvements.

Adjacent to Manchester Victoria train station, New Victoria will bring forward a total of 520 new homes over two, 20 and 25-storey buildings, including 178 one-bed, 286 two-bed and 56 three-bed apartments on the site, which is being purchased from Network Rail.

Muse announced in 2019 that Manchester City Council had received a Housing Infrastructure Fund grant from Homes England, the government’s housing agency, to accelerate the delivery of the infrastructure needed to unlock the 2.5-acre site on Corporation Street.

As part of the wider New Victoria scheme, Muse is also acquiring a second site from Network Rail, where proposals will be brought forward for a 150,000 sq ft Grade A eight-storey office building.

New Victoria benefits from being in an unparalleled location, close to the city’s premier retail and leisure amenities, adjacent to Manchester Victoria Station – the city’s second-largest public transportation hub that has benefited from a major programme of regeneration in recent years.

It’s expected that the scheme will create 40 new jobs and employ 650 people during the construction phase, with completion due to finish in 2024

Investing in the UK’s social infrastructure

David Burkinshaw, development director from our Salford office, said: “Reaching completion on the forward funding deal with PIC is a significant milestone for all partners, as we bring forward the first phase of this innovative gateway development.

“This deal highlights investor confidence in our long-term vision to transform and repurpose an underutilised site in Manchester city centre.

“At Muse, we’re committed to bringing the best of the public and private sector together, to drive economic and social prosperity right into the heart of our towns and cities when it’s needed most.

“Key ingredients to achieving this are to deliver high-quality designed schemes next to major transport infrastructure, but importantly with a core purpose to meet the diverse needs of our communities.

“We look forward to working closely with PIC and our contractor, VINCI, as we progress this first-class scheme.”

Tracy Blackwell, CEO of Pension Insurance Corporation plc, added: “With a portfolio in excess of £40bn backing the guaranteed pensions of our c.230,000 policyholders, PIC is a significant and purposeful investor in the UK’s social infrastructure, including social housing and renewable energy.

“I am delighted that we have now secured our first Build to Rent project, which will provide long-term, secure cashflows to back our pension payments in the decades ahead.

“I want to thank our partners, Muse Developments and Vinci Construction UK, for their help so far and I look forward to successful completion in 2024.

“We are actively engaged on a number of similar opportunities across the UK and have a strong pipeline going into 2021.”

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