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.
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.