ECF plots 100 affordable Salford homes
Work is anticipated to begin on site early next year to deliver the five- to six-storey apartment block off Peru Street, part of the £2.5bn Salford Crescent masterplan.
English Cities Fund is a joint venture between Muse, Legal & General, and Homes England. The JV wants to provide 100 affordable homes on the vacant car park site, which once served the University of Salford’s Centenary Building.
Architect Buttress designed the scheme, featuring 55 one- and 45 two-bedroom apartments with incorporated Juliette balconies.
Homes would be built to Passivhaus standards, which aims to reduce properties’ energy consumption by around 90% compared to traditional housing.
Five car parking spaces would be provided for residents, as well as storage for 100 bikes.
CBRE is the scheme’s planning consultant. Also on the project team is landscape architect Re-form and transport consultant Hydrock.
Paul Dennett, Salford City Mayor, said: “This application is another step forward in the partnership’s bold vision for transforming Salford Crescent and creating a new district to work, live, and play.
“The inclusion of affordable housing which also considers energy costs is crucial to tackling the national housing shortage, the cost of living crisis, and climate change and this scheme supports our ambition to create more affordable homes in Salford to help local people.”
If approved by the city council, plans for Peru Street would be the second affordable housing development brought forward by ECF as part of the Salford Crescent masterplan.
In February 2022, work started on the JV’s Greenhaus scheme to deliver 96 flats off Chapel Street, also designed by Buttress. Greenhaus is due to complete in March 2024.
Joe Stockton, development manager at ECF, said: “Creating places that work for people and the broader environment means looking at how we bring sustainable regeneration forward.
“With that in mind, we must consider all the ways we can create a positive impact in the places we work.
“With Peru Street we’ve built on our successes and learnings through delivering Greenhaus to create even more sustainable, affordable homes for the people of Salford.”
Alison Haigh, associate at Buttress, added: “Both schemes are being brought forward by ECF and will create much-needed affordable homes.
“Meticulous detailing combined with exceptional build quality will ensure the scheme provides excellent levels of thermal comfort, improves health and wellbeing and addresses fuel poverty.”
To find out more about the plans for Peru Street, search for application number 23/81676/FUL on Salford City Council’s planning portal.
The wider Salford Crescent masterplan is a collaboration between Salford City Council and Salford University, which covers 240 acres in the city. The masterplan includes proposals to build 2.4m sq ft of research and industry space, a 165,000 sq ft hotel, 145,000 sq ft of retail, and more than 2,650 homes.