The University of Salford’s proposals for around 500 homes and 25,000 sq ft of commercial development at the former Castle Irwell Student Village have been approved by Salford City Council, along with a 400-strong student development near Salford Quays.
Euan Kellie Property Solutions provided planning advice for the overhaul of the 36-acre site, located on the northern side of Cromwell Road, Charleston, withDay Architectural preparing the masterplan.
The development is due to provide a mix of family homes and apartments, while the site will also house a school and open space. The university said this summer that its intention is to appoint a development partner to take the scheme forward, although it will remain as landowner.
Euan Kellie, founder and co-director of EKPS, said: “Delivery of this ambitious scheme by the University of Salford will greatly broaden the housing offer in the city and contribute to a more balanced mix of housing, it being particularly important to offer new homes for families and ‘move on’ choices for a young city centre population seeking an alternative to suburban living.
“The provision of a new school and sports facilities is also key to attracting young families to what will be a new community for Salford.
“Local people and community stakeholders have supported the plans and we look forward to continue working with them, the university and the council to make these plans a reality.”
The other major development facing committee was Discovery Quay, a scheme designed by KKA for Bricks Capital. To be built on a former BUPA car park site at King William Street, where The Quays and Broadway meet, the proposal is for an L-shaped building, 13 storeys at its tallest, which will be branded under the developer’s True student accommodation brand and house accommodation for 402 students.