Taylor Young will lead the neighbourhood scheme with White Young Green, Ekos Consulting and Thomas Lister as sub-consultants.
White Young Green will provide advice on transport infrastructure and highways and will look at possible combined heat and power uses for an incinerator.
Ekos will cover economic development issues and Thomas Lister will provide surveying services.
Taylor Young director Shelagh McNerney said the framework will lead to a masterplan for Meadow Lane and Eastcroft, which cover a 100ha area to the north of the River Trent.
She commented: "We are starting with a development framework because the area is complex. It has a range of employment uses, a fruit and vegetable market and an incinerator, presenting many physical constraints."
The aim is to create a residential community and Taylor Young will advise on how it should be delivered.
This stage will run until next February or March, after which a final report will be presented and the project will be launched. In addition, a number of frameworks will be developed for other neighbourhoods across the city.
Meanwhile, Taylor Young has announced that it is opening a Manchester city centre office. It will initially employ 20 staff and provide planning and architectural services. The company already has offices in Cheshire and Liverpool.