Salford City Council’s planning committee is next week expected to approve two near-identical schemes on neighbouring sites on Ordsall Lane, delivering 750 apartments across a series of riverside blocks.
Both developers, Fortis and NW Build, are proposing a similar amount of development, “within buildings of equivalent layout, scale and design”, according to the planning report. Purcell is the architect on both. However, the project is divided into two as the sites are not under the same land ownership.
The number of units proposed in the planning applications has been reduced since the proposals were put to Salford City Council earlier this year. Initially both sites were earmarked to take 450 flats, which has now changed to 375 and 376 each.
At Fortis’s plot, 257 Ordsall Lane, an existing warehouse would be demolished, to make way for the 376 apartments, and 4,000 sq ft of commercial space across three units.
On the site next door, NW Build proposes interlinked blocks of between five and nine storeys, also in a mix of apartments and ground floor commercial space.
There will be car parking, cycle storage and ‘pocket parks’.
The site is bounded by Fairbrother Street, Ordsall Lane and the River Irwell.
NW Build is registered in Liverpool. Kerrie Marie Baker is the sole director. Fortis is active in Salford Quays already, building residential projects with Yorkshire-based contractor arm Beaumont Morgan.
As well as Purcell, the project team consists of structural and civil engineer Civic; BWB Consulting on mechanical and electrical engineering; landscape architect Plincke; fire engineer Omega Fire; planning consultants Lambert Smith Hampton and the Planning Studio; ecology consultant JCA, noise consultant Hann Tucker and air quality advisor Wardell Armstrong.