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Peel brings forward MediaCity’s tallest tower

Five buildings housing up to 1,500 apartments and co-living units alongside commercial and retail space could be built at Salford Quays under a planning application submitted by Peel L&P, which includes proposals for the area’s tallest tower.

Designed by Jeffrey Bell Architects, the buildings are proposed for a plot between Michigan Avenue and the Broadway Metrolink stop, roughly behind a development by X1 which is currently being built out and features 1,100 apartments over four identical 26-storey towers. The first of these has already been completed by contractor Vermont.

The outline application includes a variety of proposals but the largest of these centres on five buildings ranging between approximately 38 and 14 storeys; the blocks are initially set at 38, 29, 24, 18, and 14 storeys. The site has the capacity to go up to 45 storeys in height, with the scale of the development due to be determined more fully at reserved matters stage.

Other options put forward include three blocks, ranging between 40 and 20 storeys; four blocks between 37 and 15; four roughly L-shaped blocks ranging between 41 and 17 storeys; and five blocks between 35 and 15 storeys.

Under any of the proposed options, the largest block would be the tallest tower in Salford Quays, eclipsing the proposed 34-storey tower at Clippers Quay, which was put forward by architect SimpsonHaugh and developer Forshaw Land & Property in February this year.

Peel Salford Quays Jeffrey Bell December 2018

The glass cladding option

The apartments and bed spaces are split between apartments, co-living, and student accommodation. Under the outline planning document submitted by Peel, there will be a maximum of 450 co-living units, providing 750 bed spaces; a maximum of 300 units of student accommodation, providing 600 bed spaces; and a minimum of 750 apartments. No more than 50% of these will be studios or one-beds.

Several cladding options have been put forward for the blocks, including glass – pictured above – as well as a grid-style cladding or a masonry cladding, both of which are pictured below.

Peel Salford Quays Jeffrey Bell Cladding Options

Two of the proposed cladding options – masonry on the right

There will also be around 24,000 sq ft of commercial and retail space at ground floor level split between the blocks.

Disabled parking will be provided on-site while a maximum of 150 car parking spaces will be provided in multi-storey car parks managed by Peel within the local area.

Peel is acting as developer, although Tokenhouse, the group’s ultimate parent company, is listed on planning documents. Existing light industrial units on the site are set to be demolished to make way for the scheme.

The professional team on the project also includes planner NJL Consulting; landscape architect Gillespies; Waterman as civil and structural engineer, as well as on air quality and ecology; Zerum on sustainability; Cole Jarman on acoustics; and TTHC on transport.

Peel already has planning consent for a £1bn expansion of MediaCity, which is set to deliver 540,000 sq ft of offices, 1,800 apartments, retail and leisure, public spaces and a pedestrian street.

Although the proposed tower would be the tallest in MediaCity, it would not be the tallest in Salford – this is 100 Greengate, the Renaker-built residential project near the Irwell which reaches 44 storeys.

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Are those birds or pterodactyls in that CGI??

By Bill Oddie

Lynn, can you call Bill Oddie?

By Alan

No Primesite involvement?!

By allan

Peel as developer?, wonder if they will develop anything at Liverpool, instead of leaving it to others, we are still waiting for the decreased William Jessop House to be built, I may be wrong in my assumption, but they don’t seem interested in the LW site?

By on the dock

God that’s dreary. MC already dreary enough.

By Tim

Ref Tim’s comment. The scheme is in outline only at the moment so detail will come later. I disagree about MC being dreary. The wider masterplan for the future is very ambitious and already approved. As for the birds…May be something in the water?!

By Nick (@NJL)

@on the dock, Peel have been awful at LW up to now, but William Jessop House at least seems to be back up to eight storeys.

By Morgan

@Morgan, thank you for the update, it should be taller at least double figures, especially with the demand for good quality office space in Liverpool at present, then again it is a case of wait and see with Peel here, will they, will they not?

By on the dock

@on the dock, I live at Liverpool Waters and can see from my window at least two developments which have started at the site. If you’re interested, they have provided construction updates on their Twitter account.

By Jack

@Jack, Hi Jack, yes I know and thank you, the docks and I are old friends, my point is there has not been much if any speculate development by Peel in LW or WW’s especially for commercial use. The two examples of three which have started, two of the are private and maybe one from Peel due to pressure to show commitment I am led to believe, but all are residential.I sincerly hope they do get a move on, but in reality the sit on the land and wait for developers to come forward, I hope I am wrong, but very slow.

By on the dock

No, not more bland big glass boxes, no imagination here.

By Black Box