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Application submitted for Salford quay development

Words: Laura Edgar
Salford Cotton Quay / Studio Egret West, Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher and Studio Partington

Plans that include up to 1,495 homes at Salford’s Cotton Quay have been lodged with the city council.

If approved, the development would comprise buildings of 37 and 48 storeys in height, and four distinct quarters that recall the area’s association with the cotton industry.

The site has water to the north, south and west and sits next to the Holiday Inn hotel. Two buildings on the land – Laser House and Magnetic House – would be demolished.

As well as the housing, the plans include:

  • Commercial, retail and leisure spaces;
  • Two hotels;
  • Harbour lido bath in St Francis Basin;
  • New realigned access road and bridges;
  • Multistorey car park with rooftop play area, climbing wall and bouldering centre;
  • New public and pedestrian promenade; and
  • Floating gardens.

The application seeks full planning permission for 491 dwellings, 2,296 square metres of retail/commercial use, one of the hotels, the multistorey car park and most other aspects of the scheme. It also seeks outline permission for 1,004 dwellings, the second hotel and 920 square metres of retail/commercial space.

The Manchester office of planning consultancy Lichfields submitted the hybrid application with Salford City Council on behalf of The Royalton Group and Frogmore.

According to Lichfields, the development would support nearly 650 construction jobs and more than 100 jobs at the hotels and commercial outlets.

Nathan Matta, planning director at Lichfields, said: “The team has worked extremely hard to submit this application. If approved, this scheme would create a new sustainable community introducing a much-needed mix of high-quality new homes, bespoke leisure and recreation provision, biodiversity enhancements, and opportunities to continue the areas rapid economic growth."

Studio Egret West, Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher and Studio Partington designed the proposals.

Image credit | Studio Egret West, Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher and Studio Partington