Eccles ‘oozes potential’ says developer as tower proposal revealed

Cheshire Estates is expected to submit a planning application to Salford City Council next month for a 22-storey residential building at 1 Albert Street, Eccles.

Designed by Whitebox Architecture, the scheme is being proposed for a site currently occupied by a car show room, next to Sentinel House.

The tower would deliver a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, totalling around 150 flats.


Cheshire Estates director Laurence Daw told Place the project would be a “gateway development to Eccles town centre.”

“We really believe it will provide a catalyst for the further regeneration of Eccles town centre and the wider town which in our opinion oozes potential.

“Our ambitions for the site are clear, we aim to provide excellent apartments that are more affordable in city fringe locations such as Eccles by almost 40% than in neighbouring Manchester city centre without compromising on quality, space standards and desirability.”

He said that a lot of the residential stock being built in Manchester city centre was becoming “out of reach” for first time buyers, and planned for the scheme to provide homes for those “who just have no hope at all without a developer stepping in to balance this”.

Cheshire Estates is planning to submit the planning application next month. ID Planning is advising.

Proposals for larger-scale schemes are becoming more common in Eccles. In June, Silverlane gained consent for a £50m residential scheme, designed by architect Jeffrey Bell at Vicarage Grove. The proposals feature 272 apartments in the town centre, split between a main block of 23 storeys, along with smaller four and six-storey blocks.

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Has Laurence Daw ever visited Eccles?

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By Carl

Good to see someone revitalising this part of eccles, its stuck in the 70’s

By Staveley

I’ve heard Laurence is a regular at Wangies on a saturday night. Can’t keep him away from Peter Pan’s @ 1am

By Eccles Man

Eccles has potential. It is easy to see that it once had a thriving little town centre.

By Elephant

I think it has potential – it just needs a bit of help. Urmston prices have gone ridiculous – so why not Eccles next? There are some really lovely houses there big old terraces etc.

By Lizzy Baggot

You can change the appearance of a place but you cannot change the people.

By Dan

Huge rise in vehicle congestion and associated pollution on this already busy one way system. What about the locals living immediately adjacent to this? This will cast a massive shadow.

By Dark Knight

changing the CGI to something more transparent doesn’t make this any better….

By anonymous

Eccles is one of the best locations for getting around in GM. The improved rail service to Liverpool, 5 or so minutes into Deansgate on the train and of course the only motorway junction inside the M60. It has a genuinely walkable environment with the shops, new bars, gym, aldi, morrissons etc and walking distance to Monton High Street and Worsley makes it a young commuter’s choice.

By Transport Oriented

Looks great and will really help regenerate the town centre.

By Anonymous

Love the design and can’t wait for it to be built. Huge improvement on what is there now and I heard KFC were bidding for the site, so this is far better for Eccles.

By James Donahue

I used to live in Eccles. It has huge potential. Hope this comes forward, it’s a decent looking scheme.


What this rendering fails to show is true scale with which that is going to absolutely dominate the surrounding homes already there. Sentinel House is already 14 stories high and this is going to be another 9 on top of that.
I think the nicey nice artists impression is misleading at best as it’s going to look nothing like that in situ.

By Anonymous

Don’t see the point I lived I Eccles half my life it’s gone to dogs need better shops

By Linda

Charity shops and takeaways

By Linda

Eccles is a sleeping giant with extraordinary potential! Can’t wait for it to be built. I definitely do not want a KFC to be built there. Let’s hope this proposal gets approved by the council!

By Saj

Fantastic news for the area, bring city centre sparkal to sunny Salford

By Matthew Pickering

They are turning our burgh into a concrete jungle There are no jobs in the area Shopping centre is abysmal and traffiic congested enough as it is

By May worthington

Definitely time to withdraw from the market

By Market watcher

I hear they are also looking at a 50 storey tower of professional flats for Burnage because it’s oozing.

By BurnageMan

Nice sentiment but Eccles? Not chance of it ever being a destination. New much-needed residential stock, maybe yes. Overseas investor type development, absolutely not.

By Adam R

It oozes something alright

By Richard Joe E

Right near the job centre .

By Wayne

You can build your fancy apartments, but the town is dead,empty units on the precinct nobody wants to come to eccles anymore. My friends suffer every day with there was once a thriving town .where as everybody gone.the rents and the rates are killing the small businesses.

By Lisa

Great, more housing but school places, mgs resources, retail/leisure facilities. Not to mention parking and traffic! All for regeneration but needs to include more than housing!

By Clare

Everyone crying about Eccles being a dead town centre fail to realise that this sort of development is exactly the sort of thing which will revive Eccles town centre.

By Anonymous

What is happening with the precinct . Great when it was built 50 years ago.
Great memories of a Church Street crawl

By Anonymous

Bring back a proper market and toilets get people back to make it a thriving and caring place to be first before building tower blocks please.

By Eccles born and bread

Have you done a viability yet Lawrence……..just asking

By Oscar

About time something was done to Eccles, it has been neglected far to long by Salford city council.
Let’s hope it carries on down Liverpool Rd

By Eileen Leigh

Eccles, freckles, smeckles, how many times will this cast a shadow so what, get on with it, great for the area.


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