Castle Irwell Streetscene
Calderpeel is the architect for the scheme

Castle Irwell phase one lined up for consent

Dan Whelan

Plans for the first 157 homes of Salboy’s redevelopment of the former Castle Irwell Student Village site in Salford are expected to be approved this week, as main contractor Domis begins preparatory work. 

The whole scheme is planned to deliver 500 homes on the the 36-acre site off Cromwell Road and Littleton Road, bounded by the River Irwell. 

Developer Salboy bought the land for around £15m last November from the University of Salford.  

The first phase would provide a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom houses, which the developer expects to complete by the middle of next year subject to Salford City Council approving the application. 

Two additional phases of 110 and 233 homes, comprising a mix of houses and apartments, will follow. There is also provision for a school on the site as part of outline plans signed off in June. 

Euan Kellie Property Solutions is the planning consultant for the development, which will also feature a three-acre green space with a play area at the centre. Calderpeel Architects designed the scheme and Layer.studio is the landscape architect. 

Salboy Castle Irwell

The first phase of homes are due to complete next year subject to approval

SK Planning and Renaissance are also on the project team as transport consultant and civil engineer respectively. 

Salboy submitted its first application for Castle Irwell in April – to restore and convert the turnstile building at the Cromwell Road entrance to the site into offices and marketing suites for the developer and Domis. 

Once the residential part of the scheme is complete, there is scope for the former turnstile to be used as commercial space.

The site was home to a student village for more than 50 years before closing in June 2015. Many of the buildings were destroyed in a fire the following year. 

Prior to being a student village, the site was home to Manchester Racecourse in the mid-1800s and then again from 1902 to 1963. The final race held at the venue was won by Lester Pigott. 

Salford University bought the site for £43,000 in 1973. 

Castle Irwell Student Village

The former student village closed in 2015

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Dark-grey Lego-block buildings are so, spiritually uplifting, aren’t they?

By James Yates

This housing development is good. The area they are building on is not greenbelt or a golf course. It was the old students digs buildings from the early 1970s to 2015. Fred done (Salford boy done good) bought the land for over £15 million last year and it was this old racecourse he started his betting career at 20 years old and his first betting shop 200 yards away on Cromwell road. He wants to remember the sites history by naming the streets on this housing development after jockeys and famous horses. There is going to be a little park in the centre of the housing estate with a plague commemorating the site racing heritage. There is going to be mixture of appartments starting at £150,000 and 3 and 4 bed houses roughly at £350,000 (affordable???) . There will also be a 2 tier primary school on this site and about 3shops. This housing development will also keep it’s big 10 foot wall around it to stop any unwanted visitors and it will have two entrances, one on Cromwell road and the other on Littleton road. This area is also got good transport links by bus to city centre, Salford royal, Salford precinct, the quays and towards Prestwich and it’s got the Salford crescent train station about 10 minutes walk. There is also a high school facing this housing development and a casino to lose all your money in and plenty of shops and doctors surgery’s nearby. This place is ideal.

By Darren born bred Salford

They are building yet more unaffordable flats sorry apartments on this site for fancy yuppies!! When will this end?!?!

By Real Daz Salford

I like the grey ones quite a lot actually

By Anonymous