Peru Street, ECF, p Muse

English Cities Fund's plans form part of the £2.5bn Salford Crescent masterplan. Credit: via Muse

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.

Peru Street, ECF, p Muse

Houses would be designed to Passivhaus standards. Credit: via Muse

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.

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The return of my arch nemesis the juliet balcony! What a shame

By Balcony Warrior

They seem to have forgotten to provide the unfortunate occupants of this scheme with any outdoor space – no balconies. If this was an affordable housing scheme in London, there’s not a chance the developers woud’ve been allowed to get away with that. Why are housing standards so persistently low here?

By Balcony watch

“Five car parking spaces would be provided for residents”. Doesn’t quite seem enough for145 people

By Tamster

You build all these houses and apartments in Salford y has nobody ever approached the brewery to build a pub where people can go and socialise or are we all to stay indoors and not talk to anybody else !!!!!!!

By Rob Salford

This is great to see.

I hope the old Adelphi Building adjacent gets some love.

It’s solid architecture left to rot.

By Anonymous

Perhaps Mr Mayor would like to explain the PFI up the road in Pendleton now in its tenth year of building work Re fit five years and now cladding ongoing… energy that doesn’t work…and a management company in disarray….fix that before granting any more planning permissions.

By Anonymous

Yet another project for home buyers. When are Salford council going to build rental properties to replace the dilapidated tower blocks.

By Mike Allcock

Good to see the affordable homes, but agree with the other comment regarding places to socialise, grow a community, maybe not make people spend all their money in the city centre. Such a shame that the Adelphi Lads Club bar around the corner hasn’t returned this year. Such an amazing space and very chilled. Currently trying to organise a makers market location for this area, but it seems the councillors are fobbing me off… probably think it’s gentrification to have independent traders and something that brings like minded people to the area

Such a shame they don’t see the potential. Such a lack of vision

By Local Resident

Why do people keep banging on about balconies? Look around at developments with balconies and do you see anyone using them? Yes, but only for storing their bicycle or other rubbish! Come on, get a grip!

By Digbuth O'Hooligan

This is a certified passivhaus scheme which reduces energy costs for heating and hot water by 80%+, provides a constant flow of clean air, and reduces carbon emissions plus its 100% affordable housing for rent. Lowering standards? could do with more parking spaces? where are the balconies? good grief, we should be complimenting ECF and Salix for what they are providing not sniping from our computers!

By Jackie

Five car parking spaces is completely inadequate. I live on the Trinity Riverside development that is off silk st and while I fully support the development of the area, as it is very much needed the lack of parking spaces on new developments is causing a multitude of issues for local residents. Parking overflows onto near by roads and even onto private off road parking of local residents. The roadside parking makes access difficult for both emergency services and bin collections. Residents for new developments such as Adelphi Wharf has prevented ambulance and refuse collection from accessing the trinity riverside development on multiple occasions. Please reconsider your plans for parking.

By Jane

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