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X1 and Vermont's four-tower development was designed by Jeffery Bell Architects

Salford signs off towers, industrial units, homes

Dan Whelan

A four-tower cluster comprising 1,300 homes, including what would be MediaCityUK’s tallest building, as well as the final phase of Harworth’s Logistics North industrial complex and an affordable scheme in Seedley, have been approved by the council. 

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The 41-storey tower would be the tallest at MediaCityUK

Michigan Avenue, MediaCityUK 

Developer: X1 Developments and Vermont 

Architect: Jeffrey Bell Architects   

Planner: NJL Consulting 

X1’s four-block proposal includes a 41-storey tower that would be MediaCityUK’s tallest building. 

Landowner Peel L&P revealed plans for the development of up to six buildings on a plot at Michigan Avenue, near to the Broadway Metrolink, last year.  

Salford City Council granted outline consent in March, giving permission for the scheme to reach up to 47 storeys.  

A more recent reserved matters application put forward to the council shows X1 and Vermont taking forward the scheme under the name of X1 MediaCityUK Phase II, after acquiring the site from Peel L&P.  

The plot adjoins X1’s development of four 26-storey residential blocks known as X1 Media City. 

The application details four buildings: 

  • Building One would be 14 storeys, providing 180 apartments and two commercial units. 
  • Building Two would be 31 storeys at its highest point, providing 366 apartments and nine town houses as well as three commercial units 
  • Building Three would be 35 storeys at its highest point, providing 387 apartments seven townhouses and a single commercial unit 
  • Building Four would be 41 storeys and would add a further 365 apartments and two commercial units  

In total, the scheme would comprise 1,298 apartments and 16 townhouses, split into 577 one-bedroom, 622 two-bedroom and 99 three-bedroom properties.  

Ground floor commercial space would amount to a further 15,000 sq ft. 

X1 has previously said that the second building, with accompanying public realm, would comprise the first phase of the development. The 41-storey tower would form the third phase. 

Gillespies is the landscape architect for the project. 

Logistics North final phase 

Harworth Logistics North

Harworth has delivered other phases in collaboration with Lancashire County Pension Fund

Developer: Harworth 

Architect: RPS Group 

Planner: Johnson Mowat Planning & Development Consultants  

Plot H at Logistics North, off Lomax Way, is to be built speculatively and will sit next to Multiply, a smaller-unit development within the wider logistics park.  

The unit will be made up of a 45,000 sq ft warehouse with a 6,000 sq ft office, and include a two-storey office and reception area. 

The bigger scheme, Multiply Logistics North, is being delivered as a joint venture between Harworth and the Lancashire County Pension Fund. The latest warehouse will be built in the same style as the Multiply units but is being delivered solely by Harworth. 

Seedley affordable homes 

Salix Home 2

Salford City Council sold the land to Salix in May

Developer: Salix Homes and Step Places 

Architect: BPD 

Planner: NJL Consulting 

The developer and the housing association are to build 157 homes across two brownfield sites in Seedley. 

The plots, previously occupied by terraced houses that were demolished in 2008, total 3.8 acres and are located off Kara Street and Liverpool Street. 

Site A covers 2.1 acres and will accommodate both houses and apartments and site B, spanning 1.75 acres, will be centred around two blocks of back-to-back terraced houses. 

The houses are a mix of one-, three- and four-bedroom offers with 45 units being brought forward as affordable homes. The flats are a mix of one- and two-bedrooms, all of which are available on affordable initiatives. 

A total of 66 apartments will be available for market sale. 

Urban Green, BWB Consulting and SK Transport are also on the project team. 

In May, the council agreed to sell the two parcels of land to Salix Homes for £3.2m. 

The council is exploring the possibility of acquiring 17 units, nine one-bedroom apartments and eight houses, using grant funding from the national Shared Ownership Affordable Housing Programme.   

However, as the nine apartments are within a 14-unit block, it is possible that the council will also purchase the remaining five flats to own one complete block, according to a report published at the time of the land disposal. 

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The two vacant plots on seedly and on the litter strewn streets of Langworthy have been empty for about 12 years. I’m all for new properties as long as it’s affordable house’s.. HOW MUCH IS AFFORDABLE HOMES.. Also these new properties will be around Liverpool Street and Kara street which is in a rundown area. There is dumped fridge freezers, dumped baby cots, dumped mattresses, and dumped bin bags everywhere around langworthy area and it’s only a half a mile from swanky media city. So in a area like langworthy and seedly these properties have got to be a reasonable price.

By Darren born bred Salford

What’s this £250k for a fancy flat sorry apartment for Yuppies at Salford quays?!

By Real Daz Salford

So again Salford council allow these monsters to be built without spending a penny on local infrastructure. Trafford road is getting back to normal meaning to much traffic and not enough road space. On top of this the oh look we have increased the traffic and pollution around Ordsall and the Quays council but yet again left road improvements till even more traffic is again allowed to over congest an all ready air polluted area. Not one bit of consideration for the 3 schools in close proximity to Trafford rd . One academy on Trafford rd and 2 nursery infants and junior schools . Salford council have absolutely no concern for the health and healthcare of the children of Salford why because not one of the councillors live there. They intend to improve Trafford rd which they say will take up to 2 years meaning more traffic jams and more pollution. The sooner the people of Salford wake up to these stupid arrogant liebour politicians all we can expect is more of the same. Ordsall lane more apartments meaning you guessed it more traffic more air pollution. Greed is what dictates council policy because it certainly is not the health of Salford people.

By Peter

The mattresses and old fridges will still get dumped after its built.

By Ben

Dear Peter, If you want to improve the environment you need green politicians. But under our first-past-the-post system (the electorate rejected a proportional representation system, either it was too democratic for them, or they are nit-wits). So the only alternative to ‘arrogant’ Labour councilors, still is ‘arrogant’ Tory councillors (radical Marketists of the anarcho-capitalist party). So it doen’l look like change will come yet. Unless we change the system, so that councillors representing the problems you mention have influence over local roads in a coalition council. Still, I will not give up hope. Well done, for raising those concerns.

By James Yates

@Peter, I’m a huge advocate of public transport and other forms of infrastructure. But I think we have to be careful before blaming local councils for road project spending when the councils are short of cash due to the way they are funded in this country. There is a solution, but not enough people in this country are willing to implement it – that is, pay more tax. Another solution is to devolve more power to local councils for funding – but again, that would mean councils would have the power to increase local council fees or taxes. For people who will argue that we pay enough tax or pay to much, we have one of the lowest tax rates in Europe. This is one reason why our roads and rail infrastructure is so far behind everyone else. This is not so much a political arguement, but an expenditure one. As a nation, us Brits are less willing to pay for things than many other cultures. But if we want things, we need to dish out the cash.


In continuation of the theme above about infrastructure, Peter does bring up an important point. As residents and businesses continue to move into this area, the level of public infrastructure is increasingly inadequate. We have now one of the densest residential areas in the north of England outside of central MCR and all we have for public transport is a single tram line sporting single car trams (during peak periods). In any other city in Europe, they would have built either an underground or elevated metro or S-bahn type service. There are several options that could be employed here. Extensions to Metrolink (and double trams) being the cheapest, converting our suburban train lines to S-bahn type services and expanding through MediaCity (though this requires HS2 and NPR completion) and the Quays or building NPR (Liverpool Manchester Leeds) with an underground line through MCR and a station at the Quays. But like mentioned, the rest of Europe gets this because the people spend more money on tax.


Picking up on the subject of tax and how grateful we should be? I look at my wage slip and see that actually, I pay quite an amount of tax. On goods that I buy, I pay extra tax, with money that I have previously been taxed on…….. And continuing on the same thread, I then pose this question, How much council tax will the council collect on a 41 story building? Really? In the interest of the people ? Seems in the interest of the council. However, let’s continue to count our blessings and wear our blinkers.

By James

Affordable homes in Seedley Haven’t we been here before with Urban Splash they were affordable to some people but not the ones who earned the salaries of most Salford people living where they were built.

By Don