Greengate housing moves to next stage

Salford City Council has instructed Swedish architect firm White Arkitekter and design engineers Stockley to work up a detailed design for the first phase of a housing scheme in Greengate, Salford.

Plans include building 160 new homes on a 3.7-acre brownfield site with the council and NHS Salford committed to funding the first stages of the proposal, known as Goods and Leadbetters.

Additional funding is being sought by the design team from the European Union's INTERREG IVB programme in a bid which focuses on the management of public realm proposed in the project.

Details of the project cost were not disclosed.

White Arkitekter teamed up with Stockley, Great Places Housing Group, Northerngroup, AECOM and Gardiner & Theobald to form a consortia to work on an international design competition for the Greengate area of Salford..

In April, the team won the Salford House 4 Life international design competition organised by RIBA Competitions on behalf of Salford City Council, Salford University's Centre for Construction Innovation, NHS Salford and the British Research Establishment.

Central Salford, an urban regeneration company, was previously involved in the project but was wound up in March following withdrawal of funding from the North West Development Agency and Homes & Communities Agency.

Geoff Denton, project architect at White Arkitekter, said: "The Goods and Leadbetters scheme is rooted in a Scandinavian approach which places emphasis on health and well-being. We are working closely with residents of the community of Greengate to bring out the best of their neighbourhood, create spaces in which to share and enjoy the locality and ensure its long-term future as a flourishing urban community."

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