Closer look at buildings in next wave of MediaCityUK

An impressive roster of architects led by masterplanner Chapman Taylor have submitted designs for buildings to make up the second phase at Peel and Legal & General’s MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, including a 31-storey tower.

Yesterday, Peel announced that it had lodged a planning application for 540,000 sq ft of offices, 1,800 apartments, retail and leisure, public spaces and a pedestrian street, ahead of a deadline of October 2016 when outline permission for the project would have expired.

The developer is being advised by architect and ‘masterplanner guardian’ Chapman Taylor, overseeing proposals from Hodder & Partners, 5plus, Sheppard Robson, Jeffrey Bell and AHR.

Gillespies is the landscape architect, while NJL Consulting is advising on planning.

See below for images of each new building proposed at MediaCityUK

Plot C3, offices

MCUK C3 Chapman TaylorArchitect: Chapman Taylor

Floors: Five

Office space: 97,962 sq ft


Plot D3, apartments and car park

MCUK D3 HodderArchitect: Hodder + Partners

Floors: 31

Apartments: 182

Car park spaces: 433


Plot D4, multi-storey car park

MCUK D4 Chapman TaylorArchitect: Chapman Taylor

Floors: Eight

Office space: 32,830 sq ft

Car park spaces: 1,052

Cycle spaces: 250


Plot C4, apartments and retail space

MCUK C4 Jeffrey BellArchitect: Jeffrey Bell

Floors: 25 and 13

Apartments: 286

Retail space: 12,557 sq ft

Live/work space: 35,249 sq ft


Plot C5, market and retail

MCUK C5 Jeffrey BellArchitect: Jeffrey Bell

Market floorspace: 5,651 sq ft

Number of food and retail units: 10


Plot C6, apartments

MCUK C6 Chapman TaylorArchitect: Chapman Taylor

Floors: 25, 15, 9

Apartments: 345


Plot B5, office and retail

MCUK B5 Sheppard RobsonArchitect: Sheppard Robson

Floors: 18

Office space: 296,591 sq ft

Retail floorspace: 8,493 sq ft


Plot D5, apartments and retail

MCUK D5 5plusArchitect: 5Plus

Floors: 19

Apartments: 450

Parking spaces: 260

Retail floorspace: 18,180 sq ft


Plots C1 & D1, apartments


Architect: AHR

Floors: 18

Apartments: 476

Status: Approved. Start on site for the first tower made up of 238 flats, is due at the start of 2017, and will be the first building to be brought forward in phase two

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Plot D3 is certainly in-keeping with “traditional” post-war Salford architecture.

Surprised there aren’t more townhouses planned for the Quays. Its got a bit of critical mass since MediaCity arrived, allowing for more food/drink and shops, but it still lacks a bit of soul. All these apartments are going to continue to attract a certain young professional demographic only: there are people with families who work there too y’know.

New Islington is a good model for what the Quays could be.

By creep

Looking forward to visiting the Signage Market

By Jonty

I agree with Creep.More Town houses needed.I like Plot C6.It looks like a castle.The market is great too.The Waterfront desperately needs some decent eateries.That Lowry Outlet is very dated now.

By Elephant

Can’t wait for a nice tasty meal at ‘Signage’.

By 19

C6 looks more like C4 than it does a castle. Surprised they were designed by different practices!

By creep

Fresh from delivering Simpson designs, it’s interesting to see that Sheppard Robson are now heavily influenced by them. I’d say this is a clear win for Mr. Bell.

By Gene Walker

Bring it on!!!

By Schwyz

I think Peel should look to build a community legacy and deliver some family homes and architectrual diversity. They have done handsomely out of the old docks so far, so should be able to sacrifice some profit and build quality low level townhouses rather than max out on numbers of apartments…otherwise some of the proposed developments looks fantastic!

By Armchair Developer

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