Green light for Salford Van Hire’s Crumpsall expansion

The vehicle rental company will now start building three industrial units totalling 90,000 sq ft on land previously occupied by AstraZeneca at North Manchester Business Park.

The scheme, approved by Manchester City Council this week, comprises a trio of two-storey industrial and office units ranging in size from 19,400 sq ft and 40,000 sq ft on a 5.8-acre plot off Brightside Road.

The approved reserved matters application sets out the appearance, layout, scale and landscaping for the development.

It is the second phase of a scheme whose outline components were approved by the council in 2019 and have already seen Salford Van Hire construct the first phase – an MOT and maintenance facility on a 13-acre plot bordering the River Irk.

The second phase sits just west of the MOT facility, and the whole site is close to North Manchester General Hospital in Crumpsall, which has been earmarked for a £600m redevelopment. Fletcher Rae is the architect for the salford Van Hire’s project.

The site was developed in 1917 by the British Dyestuffs Corporation, which later became pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. The buildings were demolished in the 1980s and Harrow Estates purchased the site from AstraZeneca in 2004.

The land was then remediated before Salford Van Hire bought it in 2016.

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