The Greater Manchester Combined Authority was established on 1 April 2011 and is the first of its kind in the country. It brings the ten local authorities of Greater Manchester together through a statutory body that has powers to coordinate economic development, regeneration and transport functions.
Greater Manchester (GM) is one of the country's most successful city-regions. Home to more than 2.7 million people and with an economy bigger than that of Wales or Northern Ireland, our vision is to make it one of the best in the world. We're getting there through a combination of economic growth, and the reform of public services.
The GMCA is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and Mayor, who work with other local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city-region. The ten councils (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan) have worked together voluntarily for many years on issues that affect everyone in the region, like transport, regeneration, and attracting investment.
The Combined Authority builds on over 25 years of voluntary collaboration through the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), and works alongside the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership.
A number of heat network opportunities across the city region are at various stages of development. The first project for which the business case and procurement milestones have been reached is the Manchester Civic Quarter Heat (Energy) Network (CQHN). The CQHN proposal involves, as its base scheme, a cluster of primarily Manchester City Council-owned or controlled buildings (including the Town Hall and Central Library) supplied with heat from a new central plant room at Manchester Central. The scheme will also include private wire electricity supply, and potential for significant expansion to other heat off-takers.