Colliers Yard, Renaker, Salford
The 50-storey Colliers Yard is one of several pipeline projects in Greengate. Credit: Place North West

Salford embarks on developer search

Dan Whelan

Sites in the flourishing Greengate area of the city could be redeveloped into around 257 homes under council plans to acquire the land and enter into a development agreement with a preferred party. 

Salford City Council is inviting developers to apply for opportunity before 27 September. 

A development partner to deliver the high-rise housing projects could be appointed before the end of the year. 

In July, Place North West reported Salford was seeking a share of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Brownfield Housing Fund to unlock two sites at Greengate. 

The GMCA and Salford City Council are to enter into a grant funding agreement for a portion of a £16m award from the government to the combined authority. 

The sites in question are the former Waterloo Pub on the corner of Boond Street and Greengate, and King Street car park. 

The plots fall into three different ownerships but the council is “optimistic that terms will be agreed” for the acquisition of the land.  

However, a report to Salford City Council’s property and regeneration committee last month said “greater powers may be required as negotiations progress, including compulsory purchase powers”. 

Several Greengate schemes are at varying stages of the development process.  

They include:   

  • Renaker’s 50-storey Colliers Yard – under construction  
  • Elliot Group’s £70m The Residence – stalled   
  • Salboy’s Fifty5ive – under construction  
  • Bradley Manor’s 104-home Copper Works – under construction 
  • Embankment 100 and 101 offices – completed   
  • The 55-storey One Heritage Tower – plans approved   
  • Renaker’s Anaconda Cut – completed 2018  
  • Vita’s 356-home Embankment West – under construction 

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “The Greengate Regeneration Strategy, adopted in May 2018, provides an updated vision for the area to become a dynamic residential and commercial place with an exceptional public realm. 

“It is planned that the scheme will deliver high-rise residential development on a number of sites at this city centre location. Developers now have the chance to enter the selection process to apply for this unique opportunity.” 

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The Residence is an eyesore. Pull it down if nobody wants to take it on. It looks a mess.

By Elephant

The whole area is a mess dis-jointed architecture with little commercial space and amenities.

By Meeseeks

Every time I go there there’s broken car windows

By YS

Sounds like more tall buildings to add to the cluster:

“A development partner to deliver the high-rise housing projects could be appointed before the end of the year”.

By MrP

Lots and lots of more appartments blocks are planned for all of the greengate area of Salford.

By Darren Born Bred

These new buildings all sound like apartments . We have enough of these in the city now. What Salford people need is good houses with gardens for families.

By Edwina

The Brownfield payment would be useful but what the city must do is agree a real Section 106 contract. Developers around the country have signed 106 contracts up to 10% whereas Salford recently agreed a 0.1% payment. Salford needs AFFORDABLE housing, defined as a mortgage or rent affordable by the average income of the area.

By Bernard Fender