Developer Silverlane Group has outlined proposals to build a 23-storey residential development opposite Eccles train station to provide “a landmark gateway” to the town.
The proposals, which are still at consultation stage, feature 270 apartments over a potential 23 storeys, alongside a mix of commercial units at ground floor level for potential retail, café, or restaurant tenants.
The plot for the development borders Vicarage Grove and Birkdale Grove as well as the start of Church Street, Eccles’ main retail high street. Current occupiers include a Scape charity shop, Booths furniture, and The Top House pub.
Silverlane’s proposals centre around a courtyard to the middle with the tallest elevation of the building facing Vicarage Grove, and a smaller block running along John William Street and facing the car park opposite.
Although the designs are yet to be finalised the developer said the materials used would be “contemporary in nature yet sensitive to the local environment, context and history of Eccles”.
Silverlane added it had “worked closely with the council to develop the proposals which, if approved, will deliver a range of much needed high-quality housing and commercial spaces which will act as a catalyst for the further regeneration of Eccles town centre”.
A planning application is currently being prepared and will be submitted following consultation. Feedback on the proposals is being collated by NJL Consulting and members of the public can offer their views here.
According to Companies House, Silverlane Developments is headed up by two directors: Gary Illsley and Kathryn Illsley. The company was the original developer behind The Residence in Salford, a scheme featuring two towers of 34 and 14 storeys, which is now being built out by Elliot Group.