Working with architect Jeffrey Bell, developer Silverlane has moved forward with plans to build a £50m 272-home scheme in the centre of Eccles, led by a 23-storey tower.
The developer has put in an application for the scheme, set to feature homes over three blocks, along with a mix of commercial units at ground floor level for retail, café, or restaurant tenants.
The largest block stands at 23 storeys, while the others are split between three and five storeys. The commercial space, totalling nearly 7,500 sq ft, will face Vicarage Grove, on the approach to Eccles railway station, while a courtyard for residents will also be provided.
Brick cladding is proposed across the blocks with the base of the colonnades at ground floor level to be in a darker grey or black masonry. None of the homes within the blocks are proposed as affordable; this is due to the site being designated as a “mid-value area” by Salford Council, where apartment developments are not required to provided affordable homes.
The plot for the development borders Vicarage Grove and Birkdale Grove as well as the start of Church Street, Eccles’ main retail high street. Current occupiers include a Scape charity shop, Booths furniture, and The Top House pub.
A public consultation on the plans was held in December last year; this received 15 formal responses, most of which were positive, according to the developer’s planning consultant, NJL.
Steven Carnes, development director at Silverlane said: “Eccles is being targeted by developers, investors and first time buyers as it is the natural overflow from the successful adjoining areas of Media City and Salford Quays, Eccles is a completely sustainable market town, with the train station almost opposite the site together with the M602 Motorway.”
According to the developer, the scheme is likely to be determined by Salford Council planners by May this year.
Alongside NJL, the professional team also includes Croft Transport Planning; Arcadis as cost consultant; Booth King Partnership as structural engineer; and REC.
According to Companies House, Silverlane Developments is headed up by two directors: Steven Carnes and Gary Illsley. The company was the original developer behind The Residence in Salford, a scheme featuring two towers of 34 and 14 storeys, which is now being built out by Elliot Group.