Middlewood Locks Phase 3 3
Future phases could include a hotel and up to 100,000 sq ft of offices

Plans in for third phase of Middlewood Locks

Dan Whelan

Scarborough International Properties has submitted an application to Salford City Council for 189 new homes, as the latest phase of the 25-acre Middlewood Locks development.

The Middlewood Locks residential project close to Salford Central station is being delivered by a joint venture between Scarborough, China-based Hualing Group and Metro Holdings, a property development and investment group based in Singapore.

The scheme’s third phase, designed by Whittam Cox Architects, is to provide 176 one- to three-bedroom apartments in two blocks. The blocks are to reach 10 storeys and 12 storeys respectively and are situated on the northern side of the Manchester Burt and Bolton canal, opposite the 275-home first phase of the scheme.

There would be 13 canalside two- to four-bedroom townhouses.

Middlewood Locks Phase 3

The scheme will feature more than 2,000 residential units once complete

The project will also feature 5,150 sq ft of ground floor commercial and retail accommodation, and an additional 5,000 sq ft of offices.

Subject to planning approval, work will start in early 2021 with completion expected in the summer 2023, according to Scarborough, whose chairman is Kevin McCabe.

The landscape architect for the scheme is Planit-IE and the lead contractor is expected to be BCEGI, which delivered the first two phases.

The second phase, comprising four buildings of up to 10 storeys in height and a total of 546 apartments, topped out in February and is set to complete in 2021.

Phases one and two were bought by a joint venture between Delancey Oxford Residential, fund manager APG and developer Qatari Diar for £180m in early 2019. The apartments are being rented under the venture’s Get Living brand.

Once complete, Middlewood Locks will provide a total of 2,215 new homes and 900,000 sq ft of commercial space, including offices, hotel, shops, restaurants, a convenience store and gym.

Overall, the site has a gross development value of more than £700m, according to the developers.

Paul Kelly, development director of Scarborough, said: “This is the next step in creating a reality of our vision for Middlewood Locks.

“This development is providing much needed homes and will provide quality office space capable of attracting major organisations alongside further retail and leisure space – all in an environment that recognises that people come first”.


Middlewood Locks Phase 3 2

Your Comments

Read our comments policy here

And still the foreign investment continues to pour into Greater Manchester, fantastic to see and good to see this area really taking shape.

By Bob

Glad this hasn’t been shelved. There is a huge empty dust bowl right next to the city centre that has to be filled. Looking forward to the day when all this is done. Such a pity the council was so narrow minded to allow Trinity Way to be built in its current form – a humanless highway cutting off this part of town from the city centre though. In most other cities, they stopped doing that a loing time ago. This road would have been far more linked to the urbanity around it. But sadly, our council is still 40 years or so behind the rest of the world.


Middlewood Locks turning into a nice little development with the co-op and seven bro7hers taproom there too.

By Disgruntled Goat

This scheme is actually – unexpectedly – rather good. Great detailing, fenestration, decent massing and well planned on the ground level.


Still liking this scheme, and the addition of townhouses not just flats shows they’re thinking about families as well. With the commercial and retail elements, it’s shaping up to be much better than the usual soulless standalone towers.

By A N Admirer

A great scheme, good design, looks high quality, loads of outdoor space for residents and new walkways, bars and shops for the general public.

By John Kirkham

And to think that without the lobbying of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal Society to get the locks built all those years ago. none of this would be possible.

By Digger

I’m loving the window crates and all the little details, I’d love to live in a place like that

By Anonymous

Is that section of canal navigable from the Irwell now?

By Bob

Yes, the first three locks are navigable from the river.

By Digger

It’s a great friendly area to live in. The developers frequently arrange events for the residents which help with getting to know your neighbours and building a real community.

By B

Anyone remember the snow dome proposals for this site from years ago? I say proposals but I believe they were simply a ruse to obtain funding to clean up and remediate the land.

By Yellow Snow

I drive past here about once a week, it’s getting better with all the fancy new flats, no sorry apartments. There is still lots of land around that area for lots more expensive little boxes. Most of these people will think that there in MCR, until they get the Salford council tax bill(which is higher than MCR). The surrounding areas around the old gasworks,the old garage and the pub on Liverpool st will be
demolished next for massive development. All around the Salford /MCR borders is booming at the moment with all swanky new expansive flats with very high rents for middle class yuppies and no social council properties being built .

By Darren born and bred in Salford

I do find myself growing tired of the regular complaints about ‘yuppy’ apartments like these in and around Salford as part of its regeneration. They’re exactly the sort of thing I’m looking to buy with a friend – not sure that a shared mortgage for two council workers earning under £24k makes us yuppies… But hey, some people fear progress it seems.

By Anonymous