Pyramid Park

Bury Council

Hive was appointed to support Bury Council in securing grant funding to deliver the enabling infrastructure works at Pyramid Park, one of the Council’s major brownfield housing sites.  

Pyramid Park is ideally placed for residential development, being located in close proximity to Bury’s Transport Interchange and the wider town centre. However, the site presented delivery challenges that required addressing in order to present the market with a viable and deliverable development site. Hive identified the, One Public Estate administered, Brownfield Land Release Fund as the perfect programme through which to secure grant funding for the site’s delivery.  


Hive assembled a multi-disciplinary team of experts, with the skills necessary to create a business case with robust supporting evidence. Hive not only acted as lead bid author, but also project managed the team through the bid development process, as well undertaking the soft market testing and planning strategy. Hive tightly programme managed the bid process and site delivery profile to ensure the bid was submitted on time with all its constituent parts, and that the proposed works could be delivered within the permitted programme timescales.


Through Hive’s role in this commission, the client could be assured that the scheme was in accordance with the requirements of the market and that there was a route map to securing planning permission. The team Hive assembled created a high quality and deliverable masterplan, a set of costed enabling works with supporting technical studies, a viability appraisal that showed the site was deliverable and an economic appraisal demonstrating the proposal aligned with programme requirements.

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