Dr. Lesley Mackay

Year of publication: 2006

This study looks at the regeneration of Hulme in Manchester and whether it achieved a safer living environment, better design, improved community and other impacts on services and facilities.

Although the research found an apparent litany of design faults, poor building standards and high levels of crime in Hulme, there were many positive aspects to the re-development. These included high demand for homes, visual improvements and commitment to resident participation.

The report concludes that the regeneration of Hulme needs to be seen in context. Manchester City Council was working within a number of constraints: the funding for which they applied was short term and specific and, operating within the regimes of seven funding bodies, there were extremely tight deadlines for spending budgets.

Other external factors affected the success of Hulme including high levels of unemployment. Attracting employers outside the South-East, as the Council sought to do, was extremely difficult.

Although crime rates went down in the early years of the regeneration of Hulme, they had risen again at the time of the report. The regeneration was not yet complete and there were a number of initiatives underway to tackle some underlying causes of the issues of the area.

Content type: Environment

Tags: Report

VIVACITY 2020: Evaluation of the Regeneration of Hulme, Manchester

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