2 Sep

Plans unveiled for new apartment scheme in Salford

Plans unveiled for new apartment scheme in Salford

Salford is set to see the latest step in its transformation with a new development in Salford Quays.

Fortis Developments has submitted its full planning application to Salford City Council to build 645 new apartments in five blocks, spread across a 3.7-acre site at Furness Quay. Located between Trafford Road and the tram line, this is an area that has already seen substantial apartment-based development, with more on the way. Examples of this include a series of blocks overlooking Exchange Quay tram stop, and a planned private residential scheme at Clippers Quay. And as the area develops, the number of people seeking flats to rent in the Quays grows.

The regeneration of the old docklands has been one of the main features of Greater Manchester's revival. This has included the construction of numerous offices, the arrival of the Metrolink tram system, the Lowry Centre with its theatre and art gallery, the Imperial War Museum North just across the Manchester Ship Canal, a number of hotel developments and the establishment of the MediaCityUK complex. The attractiveness of the area has also been aided by the proximity of the Old Trafford football and cricket grounds.

All this has made the area a popular city living destination, both for those employed in the Quays and commuting into Manchester city centre.

The new development would involve adding four storeys onto the existing four-storey Custom House building, six more onto the 11-storey Furness House, and then building three new blocks. The tallest will be two storeys, with others of eight and 13 storeys. Other features would include a pedestrianised garden avenue and a neighbourhood square.

Salford Council will make a decision on the project in November. The local authority has already given the green light to a large number of apartment schemes in recent years, both in the Quays and in central Salford, with the latter proving an attractive location because it is within walking distance of Manchester city centre.

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