ECF Chapel Street (night)

ECF in for reserved matters on Chapel Street plots

Developer English Cities Fund has lodged an application for the merged Plots E7 and E8 at its Salford regeneration scheme, in a 178-home project designed by Buttress.

The site plan shows four blocks of up to seven storeys, which will bring 167 apartments, and a row of 11 townhouses at the rear of the site.

The scheme, covering 1.2 acres, includes 14,000 sq ft of commercial space at ground floor level, split into eight units. The residential element breaks down as 70 one-bedroom apartments, 88 two-bedroom apartments and nine three-bedroom apartments.

The site sits between North Star Drive and Chapel Street, between the Vimto Gardens development and the Ainscow Hotel.

The plans include secure parking for 77 cars within the courtyard, with Buttress’ design and access statement stating that the intention is for a further five parking spaces to be made available on North Star Drive.

On the original masterplan, the site was demarcated as two sites split by Sidney Street, at which stage the Olde Nelson pub was also to be retained. The pub has since been demolished.

DPP has advised as planning consultant.

English Cities Fund is a joint venture between Muse Development, Homes England and Legal & General, and has this year stepped up activity in Chapel Street. Plans are now in for the 159,000 sq ft Three New Bailey office building, following a pre-let to HMRC, while Bowmer & Kirkland has started work on Two New Bailey offices. Morgan Sindall has started work this year on a second NCP car park at the mixed-use scheme.

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Completely dull and uninspiring designs

By David

At least that gap is to be filled.

By Elephant

I think David is being a little kind here, “completely dull and uninspiring designs” don’t really cover how disappointingly bad this is. Granted we see plenty of arterial route grey façade architecture particularly along Regent and Chester Road, but, the south elevation really??

Quite interesting that the blocks that front Chapel Street don’t cast that much of a shadow. I’m sure that it will work out just fine in reality as Salford obviously resides in a multi sun solar system

By Hobson's Choice

Hi all – story updated with additional images.

By Neil Tague

What an unremittingly grim elevation fronting Chapel Street. I suppose the architects / developers think they’re following the recent trend for refined, well detailed, unfussy elevations acting as a “foil” for the period buildings (the remaining ones they haven’t demolished or let fall down, that is) . Unfortunately the proportions are all wrong, making this look incredibly monotonous and out of character (and not in a good way).

So come on ECF, back to the drawing board please and look again at that all important Chapel St frontage.

By Ye Olde Idea