Frogmore reaffirms commitment to ‘best site in Salford’
Work on Cotton Quay, a major mixed-use development featuring almost 1,500 homes and two hotels, could begin this year, according to the developer.
“We are keen to get it delivered,” George Edwards, development surveyor at Frogmore, told Place North West.
“We think it is the best site in Salford.”
Edwards said the company is hoping to get on site and begin early-stage works this year. He added that a reserved matters application firming up the outline elements of the scheme could also materialise in 2023.
In March 2020, Salford City Council granted hybrid planning consent from Frogmore and partner Royalton for the redevelopment of an eight-acre site next to Ontario Basin and dissected by Waterfront Quay.
The full element of the consent was for 490 homes, 25,000 sq ft of commercial or retail space, a hotel, and a multi-storey car park with a rooftop play area including a climbing wall.
Outline permission was granted for a further 1,000 homes, a second hotel, and 10,000 sq ft of commercial space. Cotton Quay also features plans for a Lido, to be created within St Francis Basin.
Following planning approval, and completion of the Section 106 agreement more than a year later, Frogmore’s ability to get to work was hampered by ongoing market volatility.
“There have been some global events and instability that have caused problems for us like all [developers] in terms of getting on site and pressing the button,” Edwards said.
Despite the amount of time that has passed since the approval, Edwards said there are no plans to drastically rework the project. The development Frogmore plans to deliver will be pretty much identical to the one approved just under three years ago, he said.
Cotton Quay is designed by architects Studio Egret West, Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher, and Studio Partington. Lichfields is the planner and Arcadis is the QS on the project.
Frogmore acquired the site from TH Real Estate for an undisclosed sum in 2018.
TH, which sold the 10-acre Central Retail Park site to Manchester City Council for £37m in 2017, had previously won outline consent for around 800 units at Cotton Quay in May 2016.