Eight railway arches would be redeveloped into leisure space

Plans in for Progressive’s 36-storey Greengate tower

Sarah Townsend

The developer has submitted its long-awaited application to Salford City Council to build 485 co-living apartments and a 171-bed hotel on the Gorton Street plot it is buying from Network Rail.

The apartment scheme, contained within a 36-storey within the Greengate district on the the Salford-Manchester border, also proposes the conversion of eight railway arches into commercial and leisure space.

Progressive Living Developments unveiled plans for the tower around two years ago and last April appointed Domis as the main contractor to build the scheme. However, it has been waiting to tie up a deal struck in September 2019 to acquire the 0.5-acre plot from the landowner, national transport body Network Rail.

Contracts have now been exchanged and Progressive Living hopes to start work on site before the end of the year, subject to planning consent.

Progressive Living Gorton St

BDP designed the mixed-use co-living scheme

Designed by BDP architects, the tower positioned alongside the railway would comprise apartments pitched towards millennial occupiers, with large amenity spaces and shared kitchen and dining space.

The arches would be repurposed to expand the choice of social and leisure spaces in the area, while public realm improvements would aim to improve pedestrian and cycle links to an existing walkway along the River Irwell, according to the full application lodged with the council.

The site is adjacent to LaSalle Investment Management’s 497-unit Greengate PRS scheme, and is close to Victoria Station, Manchester city centre and a range of tram links.

David Fairclough, director at Progressive Living Developments, said: “Reaching this latest milestone in the development of Gorton Street is a great achievement for everyone involved.

“We have taken our time to design a scheme that will be an attractive, vibrant addition to the area, and our proposals were welcomed by those who attended the public consultation back in 2019.

“Greengate has seen huge investment over the past few years, it is transforming into a sought-after place to live, and we look forward to playing our part in its ongoing regeneration.”

The professional team also includes Artal, Turley, Renaissance, Novo, Exterior Architecture, GIA, Our Studio, Hann Tucker and Hydrock. Gateley Plc and Hanover Law acted on legal services.

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“apartments pitched towards millennial occupiers, with large amenity spaces and shared kitchen and dining space”
Millennials are now in their late 20s and I can’t imagine many would still want to live in glorified student accommodation.

By Frank

Bringing the arches back to life will dramatically improve the potential of Greengate.

By Dave McCall

Horrific concept in terms of looks and end products.

I do like the utilisation of the arches however.

By 1981

Totally agree. There is a healthy place in the market for co-living but at 36 storeys it is understandable that people pushing these schemes are having to do a hard sell. A tower with many on relatively shorter term lets and living with people they did not originally know could be a disrupting living environment for many. Hence why co-living is good but only as a means to an end rather than taking pride in that living space for the long term. Better than ‘couch surfing’ though if it is actually affordable.

By Anonymous

We shall have to wait to see if this new product/concept works well for the inhabitants of these buildings. I’m aware of another big build (co~living) First Street area. It’s all an unknown quantity.

By Robert Fuller