Salford Crescent Masterplan CGI Aug18
Architect 5plus designed the masterplan for Salford Crescent which was revealed last year

English Cities Fund wins £800m Salford innovation district

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

The public-private developer has beaten Bruntwood with Capital & Centric, Peel with Urban Splash, and Robertson to be named development partner on the 240-acre Salford Crescent masterplan.

ECF is made up of Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England. The team is already prolific in its work in Salford and its appointment may come as no surprise to many; the joint venture is 10 years into the extensive Salford Central masterplan, regenerating 50 acres of the city to deliver projects such as the office and residential New Bailey, and schemes along Chapel Street.

The latest development area centres around much of the University of Salford’s existing campus, including areas around the Crescent, Peel Park, and Frederic Road North.

Overall, the University’s estate extends north and south of The Crescent, taking in the listed elements of the Musuem & Art Gallery, to Salford Crescent station and includes green spaces at the Meadows, Peel Park and the David Lewis Sports Ground.

Salford Masterplan March 2019

The masterplan was first announced last year, and the university with Salford City Council launched the search for a private sector partner at MIPIM last March.

CBRE is advising the council and university, while architect 5plus created the masterplan for the site, which splits development into five areas; Adelphi, The Crescent, Peel Park, a Health Village, and Innovation District.

Salford City Council and English Cities Fund have been contacted for comment.

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Chapel Street is an absolute mess. Most of the new builds are of poor design and are already starting to look tired after under 10 years. This looks generic and involves the demoltion of the former police station which is an absolute scandal.

By Acelius

Please no more white rendering on chapel street, it looks awful after 10 months. Do they ever consider how materials age on such a busy street?

By Jon P

Hardly a surprising outcome given their relationship. Although if the masterplan truly involves innovative activity what track record does ECF have?

By Shocker

Well I never

By Craig

I lost my house to the New Broughton development ten years ago, perfectly good homes with years left in then now it’s seems in the name of progress I’ll been losing the home I now live in. All in the name of money, the new builds look shabby and dated, listed buildings demolished gone,landmarks gone, slowly but surely Salford is being irradicated.

By Anonymous

Absolute disaster for the area. Will be dogs dinner when they’ve finished. Just look at the very poor quality ECF master planning at New Bailey. Two off the peg car parks opposite each other with no ground floor uses which kill the street scene dead. And that Premier Inn would be more suited to St Helens town centre then being situated opposite Manchester’s Premier business district. Again a bog standard off the peg design.

By Robert