Scholars Fields is the largest new-build residential development in Wythenshawe since the 1950s. The 147-home development is located on a redundant school playing field and comprises a mix of houses and apartments for rent-to-buy, shared ownership and private sale.

Project Credits
  • Wythenshawe Community Housing GroupClient
  • WythenshaweLocation
  • Residential Sectors
  • Masterplanning, Architecture Services
  • £19.5mValue
  • 2018 - 2021Programme
  • 147 homes / 9 acresSize
  • CompleteStatus
  • Positive Image PhotographyPhotography
  • First Time Buyer Readers' Awards - Best Large DevelopmentFinalist

Mixed tenure


147 new homes

apartments and houses

First Time Buyer

Readers' Awards Finalist

Procured via the

JV North Framework

The Brief

In 2018, we were appointed by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) via the JV North Framework, to transform a redundant school playing field into a new mixed tenure community.

The site was heavily constrained, being bounded by housing and the remaining school playing fields and had no existing access. To mitigate this, we masterplanned the site to incorporate new access points through existing void housing plots to unlock the development.

In developing the design for the neighbourhood, we adopted ‘Building for Life’ principles to ensure the estate would be well connected, defined and had character.

The original Wythenshawe estate was developed as a garden city and has a distinct vernacular style. A key focus of our early design work was therefore collaboration with the planning authority and the WCHG team to ensure our proposals reflected the character of the surrounding dwellings whilst still meeting viability targets and future maintenance aspirations.

By designing in 3D Revit software, we were able to exchange information interactively with the stakeholders and local community. This included developing digital walk throughs and virtual reality experiences which provided clarity and guidance and facilitated early acceptance, sign off and early submission and approval from the planning authority.

“We are delighted to launch this exciting new project to create much needed affordable housing for this area extending choices for local people wishing to rent or buy. We have a diverse vibrant community with a young and growing population, this development of 147 new homes will be another Landmark development for the Group…”
Nigel Wilson Group Chief Executive, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

The Outcome

The final scheme comprises 147 new-build houses and apartments for affordable rent, shared ownership and outright sale – responding to the local need and creating a sustainable new neighbourhood.

Working closely with WCHG, contractor Willmott Dixon and the adjacent Manchester Academy we provided social value initiatives, including regular student events. These included groups visiting our office to experience design opportunities and visiting site to see how the used the production information for construction. We delivered career events at the academy to promote opportunities within the construction industry.

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