New walkway opens up River Irwell

A £1.5m public realm project to improve access to the banks of the River Irwell between Manchester and Salford has been completed.

The new riverside route passes in front of Bruntwood's Riverside office complex towards the Lowry hotel.

The project included the relocation of a statue of Salford's reforming politician, Joseph Brotherton, who has been brought home from Albert Gardens across the River Irwell.

The architects were Roger Stephenson Architects; the contractor was Eric Wright Civil Engineering.

Bruntwood plans to redevelop the Riverside complex to enhance the 170,000 sq ft of offices to attract investment into the area.

The project was partly funded by Salford City Council and the North West Development Agency, and forms part of the 8km Irwell River Park scheme along the river and Manchester Ship Canal.

Chris Oglesby, chief executive of Bruntwood, said: "I'm delighted to see the walkway vision delivered for this stretch of the River Irwell, despite operating in a difficult economic climate. This project is a testament to the success of the public and private sector partnership between Bruntwood and Salford City Council and we're confident the newly-opened Riverside walk will prove a crucial and popular link."

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The new works look good. When there’s next any money in the kitty there should be alterations to the bridge to remove the high stone walls which block out any view of the river. The bridge is old, but the high walls were probably included to stop views of what was an open sewer. Take the top course of stone blocks out and replace with railings.

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