ECF Chapel Street (night)

Latest Chapel Street build gets under way

English Cities Fund has started enabling works on two adjoining plots on Chapel Street, set to deliver 178 homes designed by architect Buttress.

Contractor Eric Wright is now on site at Plots E7 and E8 carrying out enabling works to deliver four blocks of up to seven storeys, including 167 apartments along with a row of 11 townhouses to the rear of the site. The apartments are split between 70 one-beds, 88 two-beds, and nine three-beds.

Covering just over an acre, the scheme includes 14,000 sq ft  of commercial space at ground floor level over eight units. There is also provision for 82 car parking spaces across the development, which secured planning consent in July 2018.

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

Salford City Council signed off ECF’s drawdown of the land at a meeting on 27 June; main works are due to start later this summer.

The development will be supported by £6.4m from the wider Development Trust Account set up by the council in partnership with ECF as part of its wider development agreement around Chapel Street and New Bailey. This fund is designed to support less viable developments across the wider masterplan area.

The scheme has also secured £1.7m of Housing Infrastructure Fund money to support the build.

English Cities Fund is a joint venture between Muse Development, Homes England and Legal & General.

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Why no balconies? These are supposed to be for living in not a glorified student halls of residence.

By Juliette

Juliette. I would guess because of cost. Such small spaces cost a ridiculous amount to install and don’t generate sales value. When the value engineering starts its an easy one to knock out. Just a guess though.

By D

Wherefore art thou balcony?

By Romeo

I would pay more for a flat with a good balcony. I think most people would. The extent to which they have an impact on build cost depends on collaboration between architect and contractor.

By Juliette

I’m guessing they don’t have balconies because that side of the building faces North. Let’s be honest – balconies are only useful if they get the sun!

By T

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