Hulme Case Study

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Hulme case study
History
Slum clearance programme in the 1960s meant that a number of high rise flats were
built.
Of the 5500 dwellings, 98% were council owned.
Over half were deck access and had poor design features
Low numbers of families with children and a high number of single parent families
and people with social difficulties
In 1992, the Hulme City Challenge drew up plans to build 3000 new homes, with new
shopping areas, new roads and community facilities.
Budget of £35 million
More traditional housing development designed (with streets, squares, two-storey
houses and low-rise flats).
By 1995, 50ha of land had been reclaimed, the majority of the former flats had been
demolished, 600 new homes for rent had been built and over 400 homes had been
improved and refurbished.
The main shopping area was totally refurbished, including the addition of an ASDA
supermarket.
A new community centre (the Zion Centre) was also constructed to help build
community spirit.
Crime in the area has been greatly reduced
There is more of a social mix of people living in the area
The appearance has improved dramatically
A number of agencies and organisations were involved, including the Guinness Trust
and Bellway Homes.
These worked closely with each other and with Manchester City Council
Company responsible for Manchester airport also invested money in the project
Hulme is therefore a good example of how the public and private sectors can work
together.
The project was wound up in 1997.
Strengths
Competition between areas was good as it improved the quality of proposals and
created more imaginative ideas.
Encouraged Local Authorities to suggest solutions as well as identify problems
Problems
Competition meant that some areas in need didn't get the money they needed
Neighbouring authorities competed against each other when they could have been
working together
All successful bids got the same amount of money regardless of need
Criteria not clear for bids

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Hulme Problems 1990s Hulme Solutions
The buildings were supposed to be modern The new homes are a mixture of council
but instead the huge amount of concrete owned and private ownership. It is hoped
made it an ugly environment. that if people own their own home they will
take more pride in the appearance of the
area.
Over half the buildings were deck access and There is more of a social mix of people living
had poor design features. The elevators in the area.…read more

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In 1992, the Hulme City Challenge drew up
plans to build 3000 new homes, with new
shopping areas
New roads and community facilities have
been included I the modern plans.…read more

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