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The tower is set to become the tallest in Salford overtaking Anaconda Cut

Rethink for One Heritage’s £163m Salford skyscraper

Dan Whelan

The developer is tweaking its plans for the 55-storey Greengate tower to “ensure the scheme is deliverable in the post pandemic landscape”, according to a letter sent to local residents. 

One Heritage Group won approval for the 545-home project in January 2020 but work has not started on site. 

Prompted by the events of the last 18 months, the listed developer is now readying a revised application that will feature “a number of design changes”, according to the letter. 

Construction was due to start last year with a targeted completion date of 2023/24. However, in January the developer revised the timeframe of the project, eyeing a start in Q1 of 2021, which never materialised.

Subject to approval of the revised plans, a start on site is now expected in September and construction is anticipated to take four years, according to One Heritage’s website. 

The development site is bordered by the River Irwell and sits on the corner of New Bridge Street and Greengate, next to Elliot Group’s stalled Residence development. 

The 390,000 sq ft skyscraper would be the tallest building in Salford at 173 metres and the second tallest in Greater Manchester behind Deansgate Square’s South Tower, which stands at 200 metres tall. 

The project team comprises OMI as the architect and Euan Kellie Property Solutions as the planning consultant. Contractor Laing O’Rourke signed a pre-construction services agreement with One Heritage last year.

One Heritage, led by chief executive Jason Upton, floated on the London Stock Exchange last year. 

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Hope there is no fundamental change to the design as this one looks better than some of the ones going up at Greengate. At least the shape is different. I hope too that some of the 25 or so Towers built or planned on the other side of the city centre on Jackson St maintain a variation in design as well as height. The Blade and the Cylinder are a good start..

By Anonymous

I hope to god the changes don’t involve a flat roof. This is the best looking of all the skyscrapers that have been proposed

By Tomo

Now this one I like.

By John

Always going to be a challenge to deliver this scheme commercially. In a market of rampant build inflation the challenge becomes even greater so no surprise.

By Oscar

Please don’t change the design

By Steve

Sounds amazing. I’m in Birmingham we really need to up our game even Salford has better skyscrapers than we do .And Manchester is killing us.

By Stephen

The challenge for this project will always be costs, don’t think the tower will change much in detail and stay as a unitised facade but can see some changes to the smaller side block, probably reduced spec to traditional brickwork. Still don’t think the costs add up! Maybe revised plans and the developer sells the land…

By Anono