Greengate 50-storey skyscraper up for approval

Renaker’s next stage of work at Greengate, a skyscraper taller than the Beetham Tower, is set to be approved at Salford’s planning committee, as well as Salboy’s 115-unit Queen Street apartment block.

The Greengate application seeks full consent for the skyscraper, and outline consent for another two towers ranging in height between 39 and 42 storeys.

If the proposals are approved in-line with officers’ recommendations, the first tower, comprising 599 apartments, would be brought forward alongside a public park. The scheme would surpass the 47-storey Beetham Tower and Renaker’s One Deansgate.

Outline permission for the other two towers would bring the total apartments in the scheme up to 1,521.

The second tower would be between 39 and 41-storeys and would hold 428-518 apartments. Up to 20,000 sq ft of commercial space is planned at podium level,  between two and four-storeys.

The third tower would be between 40 and 42-storeys and deliver between 420 and 444 apartments. Another podium is mooted, which would deliver 8,600 sq ft and 14,000 sq ft of commercial space. The total commercial space mooted for the scheme is between 32,000 sq ft and 43,000 sq ft.

The glass-clad scheme is designed by OMI Architects.

The developer plans to start on site in April if it wins approval.

Salford City Council, in its committee documents, said the proposal is “in-line with the council’s Regeneration Strategy for Greengate. A new east-west boulevard would stitch the development plots together, starting at the junction of Gravel Lane and Greengate, and lead to a new public square, ending at the Collier Street Baths.

“A further key piece of strategic public realm, in the form of a new public park, would be provided on the site of the former Christ Church.”

The developer submitted the application in November.

One Heritage Property Developments gained approval on One Heritage Tower, a 55-storey 545-apartment scheme also in Greengate, in January.

AQ Investments, a subsidiary of Renaker, submitted the latest Greengate plans. Deloitte is the planning consultant.

Salboy 55 Queen Street

Another scheme recommended for approval at the committee is Salboy’s application for an 18-storey apartment block on Queen Street totalling 115-apartments.

Proposals include the demolition of an existing building on the 0.22-acre site at the end of Trinity Way, to make way for a scheme comprising three connected blocks. The Jon Matthews Architects-designed building would be clad in brick in a mixture of tones to suit the surroundings in Greengate.

Kelly Paddick, managing director for Euan Kellie Property Solutions, planning consultant for the scheme, said: “The application will see this site brought forward for a distinctive development that will provide a ‘bookend’ to the urban block, while also making an important contribution to the ongoing regeneration of the Greengate area.”

Approval is subject to a Section 106 agreement of £517,000 towards Greengate Park, 12 affordable housing units or an offsite provision, and a £5,700 towards a sustainable transport budget for bus or Metrolink passes for future residents, according to planning documents.

The application was submitted in January.

Re-Form is the landscape architect for the development.


Salford Royal ICU November 2019 Stott Lane Approach

Work on the ICU will demolish part of the existing car park

The final scheme expected to be granted approval is the expansion of Salford Royal Hospital’s car park on Stott Lane.

The proposal calls for the creation of a 48,000 sq ft deck that would add 165 car parking spaces, bringing the total from 468 to 633.

Part of the site would be demolished to make way for the 23,600 sq ft Intermediate Care Unit next to the car park, which was approved in December last year.

According to the application, the expansion of the car parking facilities would support the wider ICU redevelopment, including a £50m, 110,000 sq ft Acute Receiving Centre built between the Hope Building and the Clinical Sciences building.

The project is designed by Arup.

The schemes head to committee on Thursday 5 March.

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