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The Peel Park Quarter student village completed in 2015 c.Gillespies

Salford Uni moves to expand Peel Park Quarter

Dan Whelan

The university is in talks to buy council-owned land next to the David Lewis playing fields to boost its student accommodation offer at the campus by up to 700 beds. 

The narrow plot is located between the existing Peel Park Quarter student accommodation village and the artificial grass sports pitch at the playing fields. 

Salford University and Salford City Council have entered into a non-binding exclusivity agreement to enable due diligence and initial scheme designs to be progressed. 

The potential acquisition is part of the university’s £2.5bn masterplan, spread across 240 acres and being delivered by the English Cities Fund development consortium comprising Muse Developments, Homes England and Legal & General. 

The masterplan, designed by 5Plus Architects, is intended to support the regeneration of the University of Salford’s existing campus, including areas around Salford Crescent, Peel Park and Frederick Road North. 

Planning consent for the Peel Park Quarter student accommodation project was secured in 2013 and the development was completed in 2015. 

The scheme was developed by Salford Village, a consortium made up of Campus Living Villages, a student accommodation provider, construction firm Graham Construction and investors Equitix and Kier Project Investment. 

Designed by architecture firm Sheppard Robson, the scheme cost £81m and comprises 1,367 en-suite bedrooms over eight-storeys. 

Gillespies was the landscape architect for the project.

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I go on these fields quite a lot and it’s a beautiful area in Salford that leads to the scenic meadows Fields over the irwell footbridge.. More peel park land gone, they have already built a big AstroTurf football pitches on the peel park and now this for the students.

By Darren born bred Salford

More swanky flats sorry apartments this time for outsider students rather than real Salford people!! How long will will this go on for?!

By Real Daz Salford

The students are the only decent people around here, it would be like the rest of scummy Salford without the university

By Lol

Why are the council selling our park to university, they have loads of places, keep cutting into our park space, I go every day with dog and children, people of Salford will have nowhere to go and more mess from students

By Jeanette born&bred salfordian

More student homes, leave our park alone, not enough green spaces. Students make a lot if mess and leave their rubbish on the floor. I tidy their rubbish up including broken bottles, pizza boxes etc. It is a green space LEAVE IT ALONE for the ordinary people of Salford, where we can go with our children&pets, and for the footballers who play there,we need green space so we can relax from the stress of the day/week at work

By Roy