Salford Quays earmarked for 800 waterfront homes

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

TH Real Estate has submitted a planning application for a £140m residential-led development on Salford Quays’ Pier 7, with up to 800 apartments replacing a 1980s office park.

According to documents submitted to Salford City Council, TH Real Estate plans to build an “urban waterside ‘city living’ development” which “will be an attractive addition to the Quays, improving the experience of exploring the area and symbolic of wider positive change and regeneration”.

The office complex known as Waterfront Quay was built in the 1980s and has struggled to attract occupiers. Around half of the buildings are currently vacant.

The redevelopment would total 700,000 ft of residential space, and would include 20,000 sq ft of retail units alongside landscaped public realm and pedestrian links. The apartments would be for a mix of owner-occupiers and private renters.

If outline planning approval is granted, detailed designs will be submitted later this year. The first phase of development could be complete by 2018, and further phases brought forward up to 2021.

CJCT and GW Planning are advising on the scheme.

TH Real Estate is the trading name for TIAA Henderson Real Estate.

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Another horrible looking scheme in Salford. It is difficult to understand how Salford can continue approving such schemes – surely the Regeneration and Planning teams could try and consider the long term effect such schemes will have?

By Yet again

Where are all the cars??

By J McMillan

These look great, there’s so much potential at the Quays.Could potentially be a great neighbourhood if the right developments come forward.

By Yarrum

Greater Manchester is going into orbit.I was on Trinity way the other day and could not believe how much development there was from my last visit a few years ago.

By Elephant

Great looking scheme, exactly what the quays needs rather than noddy houses, isolated blocks and steel fencing that characterises the environment now.

By Quay

Huge amount of development going on in GM, no doubt about it.

Quality, communities, livability?

By syntax


You make an interesting point, however I thought industrialised housing went out in the 1950’s.

Obviously if homogeneity, uniformity and monolithic developments are now retro, the planning and regeneration teams of Salford Council have done a very fine job. Families and young children will absolutely love them!

By Yet again

You do realise “yet again” that planning and regeneration teams do not design buildings; developers and architects do.

Anyway, this looks like a classic, refined, modern European style development at an appropriate density to me. Exactly what is needed here.

By Quay

Great looking scheme but Im not sure where the fad for using buff coloured brick has come from in and around Salford Quays? Whats wrong with traditional mancunian red?

By D Rachid

Think the buff looks great personally. Much more appealing than grim Manchester redbrick, and will probably age well too.

By syntax

Maybe Salford are following Manchester planning’s lead in having an unofficial ban on red brick?

By Gene Walker


Thank you so much Quay for that detailed explanation on the role of architects and developers. It is so reassuring to find some one with such a grasp on the property world. If you have the time please could you also confirm what exactly bricklayers do?

By Janet and John

yet again another example of corporatism thwarting generic enterprise seeking to fulfil demand.
This is what comes of having such a major natural resource/asset “water “(albeit in the form of a canal) in the hands of a mega corporations

By don draper

The project look interesting, however, it will be as good as the people that live in these that will make the difference. Only too often, these buildings are built and fitted with inferior materials, badly managed, and have people living in them who do not appreciate the fact that it is part of their responsibility to maintain it.

By Maria

I think we should avoid red brick.Otherwise we will finish up with places like Newton Heath and Gorton 50 years from now where nobody wants to live.Blond brick like in Whalley Range would be better.

By Elephant

Elephant – that is some spurious theory there you’ve come up with there! I think demand for living in an area is driven by factors slightly more complex than the colour of the bricks used.

Red brick is Manchester’s vernacular and always looks good when used on well designed buildings. Avoiding it would in favour of buff brick it erodes the city’s identity.

Buff brick is more commonly associated with London as they are made from the type of clay local to that part of the country.

By Quay

I think scale form and mass are questionable, and external design is faintly reminiscent of the early 70’s Riverside complex at new Bailey Street – to respond to two points made below, the Vernacular finish is important, however it is best applied too vernacular architecture – and this clearly isn’t. That said it is an important consideration often overlooked – buildings are not stand alone entities but part of a wider landscape. As for ‘ yet again’s’ comments – well I’m afraid that’s what happens when you effectively privatise the Planning Department – Urban Vision = Capita under a less controversial name = profit margins before all else – probably why Place North West loves them. Estate Agents = The cost of everything and the value of nothing.

By Cassandra