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Development in this area will link Salford Quays and Trafford Civic Quarter. Credit: Cole Waterhouse

Hawkins\Brown picked to map out next Trafford regeneration zone  

The council has appointed the architect to draw up a development framework for 215 acres connecting the Manchester Ship Canal and Trafford Civic Quarter. 

Trafford Council has now awarded Hawkins\Brown a £100,000 contract to work up the framework, which will guide future development at Trafford Wharfside and aimed at plugging the gap between Media City and Trafford Civic Quarter. 

A notice advertising for the role earlier this year February said the appointed consultant would lead on “setting the vision” for the area and consider how the area should “operate as a place”. 

Hawkins\Brown is in the early stages of developing the framework on behalf of the council and landowners and stakeholders including Manchester United FC, Peel L&P and Salford City Council. 

Trafford Council has been planning to draw up a development framework for the Wharfside area since 2019.  

The zone stretches east to west from Trafford Road to the Imperial War Museum, and north to south from the ship canal to the railway line, incorporating Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium. 

Manchester Freightliner Terminal is not included in the parameters of the framework but the former Hilti HQ, which is in the process of being acquired by Pitalia Real Estate and CTP, does.

A 27-acre site owned by Harbert on the corner of Europa Way and Wharfside Way also falls within the development zone. 

It is understood plans for the area would accommodate both residential and employment uses as well as:  

  • Expanding Media City and creating an improved gateway from Salford  
  • Improved access along the waterfront  
  • Consolidation of the cultural and leisure offer   
  • Creation of high-quality public realm and a processional route linking Lancashire County Cricket Club to the waterfront via Manchester United Football Club  
  • New linkages to future development on nearby sites including Pomona/Cornbrook.  

“The council is very pleased with the appointment and expertise of Hawkins\Brown and its team to produce the Trafford Wharfside Development Framework,” a spokesperson for the authority said.

“The partnership will now be focusing on producing a development framework and delivery strategy that will guide future development in the area. The framework will help set the future direction of this part of our borough, along with the Civic Quarter plans and the low carbon and green Trafford Park studies currently underway.”

Hawkins\Brown was approached for comment. 

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Yes finally something is being done with the trafford side. Make it like canary wharf! The Canary Wharf of the north

By Anonymous

Connecting Salford Quays, Trafford Wharfside, Pomona and the city centre and on to Victoria North & Strangeways into one large contiguous dense urban cityscape will be the next evolution Manchester takes and I can’t wait to see it come to fruition.

By Anonymous

Excellent news, expanding media city included. Seems like only yesterday one or two of the usual doom mongers who chose to misread the BBC consolidation piece questioned if Media city was still viable or that the move north had been a ‘disaster!’ You have to laugh . Oh well par for the course I suppose but ranking up there with ‘the office is dead’ and ‘ ‘no one will want to live in all of those flats!’

By Anonymous

We’ll, the tram line is now in place on both sides. There is a lot of potential for development especially for Pomona and Cornbrook and an increase in public realm would be perfect. I look forward to seeing the plans.

By Anonymous

With the Metrolink and the Bridgewater Canal Salford and Trafford should collaborate on a corridor from Manchester to Port Salford, Castlefield, Manchester Waters, Mediacity, Trafford Wharfside, Trafford Park, Trafford City and Trafford Quays and Port Salford to Irlam


World Class

By ChorltonRed

Yes. But have they solved the sewage outlet problems?

By Alan

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