Co Living Tower Greengate Salford Progressive LIving
The developer aims to submit an application for the 225,000 sq ft scheme next month

Progressive Living lines up Domis for Salford tower

Sarah Townsend

The firm has been selected as the main contractor on the proposed 36-storey co-living project on Gorton Street, as a deal with Network Rail to acquire the site edges closer to completion.

Contract papers have yet to be signed between Progressive Living and Domis, but the latter is already part of the design team for the Gorton Street scheme, which seeks to bring a hotel and co-living units to the market.

Progressive is understood to be in talks with potential end users at present and therefore has yet to determine the number of co-living clusters or units the 225,000 sq ft scheme would provide.

Warrington-based Domis is building Salboy’s 18-storey Queen Street apartment block comprising 115 homes located diagonally opposite the Gorton Street site in Salford.

Co-living provides clusters of shared housing with communal space and amenities in large-scale complexes. It has been billed as a solution to the housing crisis – in particular, the lack of affordable housing for young people.

The half-acre plot on Gorton Street is owned by Network Rail, and Progressive Living agreed heads of terms last September to acquire the site, currently used as car park.

The deal was expected to conclude before the end of 2019 but has taken longer than anticipated. The parties are now expected to exchange contracts this month, according to David Fairclough, director at Progressive Living.

Once the sale has completed, Progressive Living will look to “refresh” certain planning documents that are now out of date and submit an application to Salford City Council by the end of May, Fairclough told Place North West.

As well as Domis, the design team includes BDP as architect, Renaissance as civil engineer, Turley as planner and Artal as project and cost consultant.

The proposed tower will reach 36 storeys alongside the railway and include apartments pitched towards millennial occupiers, with amenity spaces and shared kitchen and dining spaces.

A hotel is also planned within the scheme, aiming for an operator targeting a “compact city centre lifestyle hotel”, according to Progressive Living.

Eight railway arches are also to be redeveloped as part of the scheme, targeted at retail and leisure operators, while the public realm around the arches will be enhanced.

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Reassuringly bland and banal.

By Acelius

Not sure how this will look with the other buildings there already.

By Ju

Just a tiddler for that area at 36 floors but will really add to the density of that cluster, turning into a lovely part of the city

By Bob

Great scheme, will really improved the skyline and streetscape.


New York

By Anonymous

These towers will ruin Salford and Manchester for years to come. Greengate, like Owen Street should’ve seen new streets built, 5-6 storey apartment blocks of a minimum size per apartment with open space between. in 15 years time we’ll look back and realise Manchester came out of the boom worse than any other city.

By Dan

Greengate and Owen Street are both within the inner ring road, with land values deeming 5-6 storey developments and open space unviable.
There are low rise apartments, houses and open spaces literally on the other side of the ring road already and being built.

By Sense

Sense (or lack thereof) that’s the purpose of zoning, that’s why most cities don’t have the mess that Manchester has ended up with

By Dan

Yes, and Greengate is a zone allocated for high density residential and a park. Ancoats & New Islington for low rise resi and a school, Spinningfields and New Bailey for offices. There is already zoning going on all over the city. Not sure what mess you’re referring to.

By Sense