Anchorage Visual V6 Aerial Shoulder View
Architect Chapman Taylor has designed the 29-storey, L-shaped apartment building

Further proposals drawn for Anchorage Gateway

Sarah Townsend

Developer Cole Waterhouse’s planned 29-storey apartment block in Salford Quays will include penthouses and a rooftop terrace under an additional application submitted this month.

The 290-apartment Anchorage Gateway building has been designed by architects Chapman Taylor. It will comprise a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom flats across 27 levels of residential accommodation, plus ground and mezzanine floors, under an outline planning consent from Salford City Council last November.

Under the latest reserved matters application, fresh proposals have been submitted for 4,000 sq ft of commercial space, two shared residential landscaped terraces on both the mezzanine and 19th floors, as well as a ground floor feature staircase and rooftop penthouse apartments with private terraces.

In total, the L-shaped building will comprise 250,640 sq ft of space. Cole Waterhouse hopes to start on site in the third quarter of this year, it said this week.

The developer purchased the gateway site, previously home to a vacant 21,000 sq ft office, from COIF Charities Property Fund for an undisclosed sum last August. The site sits between MediaCityUK, Exchange Quay and Trafford Park, close to both Salford and Manchester city centres.

Cole Waterhouse is also developing the two-tower No1 Old Trafford residential scheme nearby.

The latest designs for Anchorage Gateway propose a step in the building’s massing at the 20th storey, with the slimmer plane extending to the top. Each of these “blades” is topped by an architectural “crown”, within which external terraces will provide outdoor spaces for the warmer months, the developer said.

The residents’ rooftop garden offers views over Salford Quays and the Manchester skyline, it added. Meanwhile, the building seeks to maximise the opportunity for active street frontages at ground-floor level.

Cole Waterhouse chief executive Damian Flood said: “[This new application] sees a reduction of commercial space in favour of more amenities for residents, including terraces and penthouse apartments.

“We know there is a huge appetite for well-built, quality homes at the right price in this area, and this development will be a key scheme in the ongoing regeneration of Salford.

“[The scheme] will provide a distinctive focal point at the entrance to Salford Quays and will be at the centre of a vibrant new community.”

Anchorage Quay Approach View

The building sits in Salford Quays, close to MediaCityUK

Michael Swiszczowski, director at Chapman Taylor, added: “Anchorage Gateway will host a dynamic and well-supported residential community, providing much needed, high-quality residential and amenity space in an attractive landmark building.”

As part of its previous planning consent, Cole Waterhouse will pay £1.3m towards local projects, including improvements to Ordsall Park, Monmouth Park and Montford Street Park and access or infrastructure works at Weaste Cemetery, as well as other improvement works in the local area.

The project team includes WSP-Indigo Planning, structural engineering firm Renaissance, mechanical and engineering contractor Novo, landscape architect Exterior Architecture, project manager and quantity surveyors Henry Riley, and Ward Hadaway providing legal advice.


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By Tyler

Truly awful design. Carbuncle. Can Manchester not force more graceful designs? Blocks are now very tiresome. This is just depressing in architecture and colour.

By Richard

Kip of that.

By Anonymous

Umm, ‘memorable’.

For all the wrong reasons.


By Liver lad

Its not the architects fault, Salford ask for big s106 money so you’ve got to dumb down the architecture and quality which they don’t seem to mind

By Paul Smith

I quite like the proposals – looks similar to a many other towers proposed or built in the region, but does every building need to look different if they respond well to the context? (Note: responding to context can sometimes mean a juxtaposition is appropriate). Intrigued to hear what the armchair critics on here would prefer to see instead…

By Ardy

Absolutely nothing to do with s106 payments which even at the high end are a tiny fraction of the construction value and a small percentage of the developer’s return.

By Sectioned

How about some balconies Ardy? A valuable amenity for residents and would add some interest to the particularly dull elevations.

By Balcony watch

Ardy – five stories and balconies.

By Grimleh