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The Hulme Estate and the 'Homes for Change' Development: Britain's First Major Sustainable Housing Project

Introduction The Hulme Estate was a notorious, huge, high-rise, inner city, residential area built between 1964 and 1972. Most of the 5,000 dwellings were in the form of maisonettes, mainly in sixto eight-storey deck-access blocks, using heavy concrete panel construction. The estate suffered severe social problems, a high crime rate and a rapid deterioration of the building fabric. This chapter explains how, in 1991, Manchester City Council and AMEC, a large private developer, secured a grant from the government to regenerate the area. It outlines how a strategy plan for the redevelopment was drawn up by a distinguished local architectural practice that included a unique urban design code to control the design of all new developments.