The creation of a 15-minute neighbourhood in the centre of the city that focusses on the reactivation of underuse railway arches, upgrading riverside sites, and reworking roads currently dominated by vehicles forms the basis of the proposal for the 47-acre site.
Who is involved?
Optimised Environments, Savills and Civic Engineers have drawn up the draft framework for Salford City Council, which outlines the development opportunities in the area over the next 15-20 years.
The masterplan area
The site is bound by Trinity Way to the north, the River Irwell to the south, Bridge Street to the west, and is intersected by the railway line.
In the east, the masterplan area stretches to Blackfriars Road but does not encompass the neighbouring Greengate area. It does however incorporate some land beyond Blackfriars, including the Travelodge and Premier Inn hotels on Chapel Street.
Other notable sites that fall within the zone include the Lowry Hotel, the 1,100-home Chapel Wharf development, and Deva Centre Retail Park.
What is proposed?
The key objectives for the regeneration of Chapel Wharf include:
- Reactivating underused railway arches
- Creating an “accessible, high-quality riverside environment” along the Irwell
- Making Chapel Street and other major roads in the zone more user-friendly and inviting for pedestrians by introducing walking and cycling routes
- Connecting the burgeoning areas of Greengate and New Bailey
- Supplying a more diverse mix of homes.
The strategy also outlines various development opportunities in the area. These include:
- The residential redevelopment of the Travelodge
- The creation of a pedestrian route to serve the reanimated arches
- The redevelopment of Deva Business Park and !Audacious Church site into a residential neighbourhood.
In the longer term, a clutch of offices around Browncross Street to the west of the site could be the subject of “more radical” redevelopment opportunities. This could see partial or complete demolition of existing buildings, resulting in the creation of an improved office-led development with some residential included, according to the masterplan.
Four schemes have been identified to underpin the wider redevelopment of Chapel Wharf.
Chapel Vaults – a plan to open up and reactivate railway arches along Chapel Street and install unique occupiers to create a vibrant mixed-use boulevard. The project is described in the draft masterplan as “a rich and characterful environment to be experienced, not simply a barrier to pass through or an edge to activate. A setting and offer that is defining for the area”.
Re-imagined Riverside – this proposal would see a green gateway created around Trinity Bridge, connecting through to Dearmans Place and Chapel Street.
Flat Iron Square – The junction connecting Blackfriars and Chapel Street, where “pedestrians sit at the lowest order of the movement hierarchy”, is to be revamped to provide a less vehicle-dominant environment.
Trinity Gateway – This scheme proposes “softening” the barrier to pedestrians between Trinity Way and neighbourhoods to the north. Interventions include creating a paved pedestrian walkway connecting Chapel Wharf with Frederick Street.
Chapel Wharf is one of the few remaining areas in Salford city centre that is not covered by a formal framework and consequently no cohesive vision for the regeneration of the area exists, according to the council.
As a result, consultants were appointed 12 months ago to start preparation of a development framework for the Chapel Wharf area.
A six-week period of public consultation on the framework is to begin in September.