Media City Glenbrook
Completion of the two-block housing scheme is targeted for 2022

Glenbrook’s Media City scheme set for approval

Dan Whelan

Plans for a two-block residential development on the site of a car park at Media City are set to be given the green light by Salford City Council.

A spokesperson for developer Glenbrook said work would start immediately after planning is granted, with completion targeted for 2022.

The site is located off Broadway on the north-eastern edge of the wider Media City site with Booths supermarket to the west, an astroturf pitch to the south and public realm to the east.

The Sheppard Robson-designed scheme comprises two towers of 14 and 17 storeys, blocks A and B respectively, with a total of 280 apartments.

Both blocks consist of a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with 155 in block A and 125 in block B.  The three-bed apartments, of which there are six in each block, are situated on the top floors.

The 230,000 sq ft development will be connected by a single-storey glazed walkway, which will allow access between the two blocks.

The scheme also includes 3,000 sq ft of commercial floorspace earmarked for retail or restaurant use.

Re-Form Landscape Architects is designing the surrounding public realm and NJL Consulting is planner.

In May 2016, Peel Media submitted a planning application for a mixed-use scheme comprising commercial office space, five levels of multi-storey car parking and a 31-storey residential tower with 182 units, but these plans never came to fruition.

A project to deliver 27 affordable homes on the site of former council offices in Irlam is also set for approval this week.

The two-acre site off Astley Road will comprise 25 two-, three- and four-bedroom houses, plus two two-bedroom ‘cottage flats’. The units would be a mix of social rent, shared ownership and affordable rent with five of the properties brought forward by Derive Salford, the affordable housing arm of Salford City Council.

Hourigan Connolly is acting as planner and Baldwin Design Consultancy is the architect on that scheme.

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More Grey boxes, this scheme looks depressingly dull

By Jon P

They look absolutely hideous, surely we can do better than this in Manchester – large rectangular boxes, with no balconies and absolutely no architectural merit. These are supposed to be people’s homes….to be honest I’d think they looked a bit draconian even if they were prison blocks.

By Manc Man

Love the large balconies. No expense spared here


Just awful, do these architects only own a ruler?

By Acelius

Hope a new car park is still being planned.
Very few places left at busy times.
I know car parks are unfashionable but until public transport is more reliable and frequent, there’s limited options other than car when commuting from outside Salford/Greater Manchester.

By Katie

The photo on the article probably doesn’t do it justice Jon. It is much better than that (honest). The parking will be replaced nearby and will stay within the overall limits already approved for Media City, which will also have even more tram connectivity shortly with the Imperial War Museum stop.

By Nick

Loving the Risley Remand Center chic. Just imaging waling home into either of those every night.

By Loganberry

The will be plenty of empty spaces available soon after government get shut of BBC. Less rent for Peel but they will make it up somewhere.

By Charlie D

this has to stop, Manchester is getting so many ugly new square boxes, they look horrific

By Anonymous

Horrific! Who is involved with this result, be braver – speak out.

By Caroline

I love the keyboard architects who could design a masterpiece without 1 days formal training. If you’re so interested make some constructive comments that reflect what can physically be built in these locations, assuming one is familiar with the specific site constraints that may exist.

By Anonymous