Developers rework Salford residential projects

Pinnacle Alliance has taken over the development of a 300-studio student accommodation scheme in Salford Quays from Peel Group, while FairBriar International has applied to increase the number of homes at its £700m Middlewood Locks site by 210 to 1,965.

Salford City Council’s planning team will meet on Thursday 7 June to discuss the applications, which have both been recommended for approval.

Discovery Quay

Discovery Quay Pinnacle

Pinnacle Alliance’s application for detailed planning consent for 300 flats on the site of the Bupa car park in King William Enterprise Park builds on approval granted to Peel-subsidiary Tokenhouse in September 2015.

Tokenhouse gained outline permission for two blocks of between eight and 12 storeys. The architect was Povall Worthington.

Pinnacle Alliance’s architect Day Architectural has reworked the project, although the scale remains the same.

The development has been renamed Discovery Quay. A laundry, cinema and gym will also be included within the residential buildings.

Middlewood Locks

Middlewood Locks phase one

At the same meeting the council will consider an application from UK-China joint venture FairBriar International to revise some details of planning consent granted to its £700m Middlewood Locks project in 2013.

The proposal changes the location of some agreed uses to different plots in the development site, to be built out in a later phase of the project. FairBriar has also applied for the amount of homes delivered on the site to increase by 210 to 1,965.

The overall use mix and size of the project remains the same.

Alongside the homes, the 24-acre project will contain 750,000 sq ft of commercial development space, including offices, hotel, shops, restaurants, a convenience store and gym.

FairBriar International is a joint venture between the McCabe family’s Scarborough Group International, Hualing Group, based in Urumqui, Xinjiang, China and Metro Holdings, a Singapore-listed property development and investment group.

Work started on site last month, and is being undertaken by Beijing Construction & Engineering Group, the Chinese construction company.

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I hope the developers of Middlewood Locks are not simply reducing the size of apartments to squeeze more units in.

By Middlewood

This looks like Thamesmead.I hope it looks better in the flesh.

By Elephant

It doesn’t look like Thamesmead – that place had ambition (albeit hideously flawed). Its just dull and basic, like 90% of everything else going on.

Manchester’s going to look awful when its finished.

By creep

90%? Huge exaggeration creep, there are some great schemes coming forward, but you do seem very negative all the time. Middlewood looks like the sort of place middle class people would like to live in.

By Nati

creep gets his / her jollies from hating on Manchester and bigging up Liverpool. It’s what’s known as a troll.


Its not trolling, see my comment on the site next to the Midland. I also agree that Manchester is currently economically prosperous, and the amount of development here indicates that businesses and people want to locate here.

The fact is, aesthetically, the majority of stuff being built is cheap hideous rubbish. That goes for Liverpool as well as Manchester. Manchester suffers more for it because more stuff has been built here in the last 20-odd years, and it doesn’t have much decent pre-war stuff to counterbalance it.

Big difference between strongly believing something and trolling.

By creep

Creep what’s your favourite building?

By Brian

Creep has good points and I think the horrors of the 50s and 60s should not be replicated now.Urbis is a great building and Number one St Peters is too.Manchester though is going stratospheric economically. Hardly a day goes by without something being announced.Hopefully Liverpool will catch up.We need to rebalance our economy in the North West.A successful Manchester with a failing Merseyside is Britain in miniature.

By Elephant

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