Greenhaus 2, Salix, P.ECF
Buttress is the architect behind the scheme. Credit: via ECF

Salix to fund English Cities Fund’s Greenhaus 

Dan Whelan

The 96-apartment block on Salford’s Chapel Street will be 100% affordable and forms the latest element of the £1bn Salford Crescent masterplan. 

Registered provider Salix has been selected as the preferred party to manage the nine-storey development. 

The scheme, known as Greenhaus, will see the proportion of affordable homes within the 50-acre masterplan rise to 25%, according to ECF, a consortium made up of Muse Developments, Homes England and Legal & General. 

In a similar deal that completed in August, Waterside Places – a joint venture between Muse Developments and Canal & River Trust – entered into an agreement with registered provider Clarion Housing Group to forward fund a 106-apartment scheme at Islington Wharf in Manchester.

On Chapel Street, Salix and ECF aim to deliver Greenhaus to Passivhaus standards. Buttress is the architect for the project, which is in line to be approved by the council later this week. 

Subject to planning approval, work could start on site in January. The build is expected to take two years. 

Greenhaus, Salix, P.ECF

Subject to planning approval, work could start on site in January. Credit: via ECF

The site is located next to the recently completed Atelier, which provides 178 apartments, and will include EV parking spaces, a public square and enhanced landscaping. 

As well as Atelier, ECF has delivered several residential developments on Chapel Street since 2013. 

These include: 

  • The 97-home Vimto Gardens
  • Timekeepers Square, which comprises 36 townhouses  
  • Carpino Place, made up of 22 townhouses 
  • Valette Square – another 33 townhouses.  

Maggie Grogan, senior development manager at The English Cities Fund, said: “As a responsible business, we’re leading the charge and are committed to developing innovative ways we can deliver regeneration more sustainably and do our bit to tackle the climate crisis. So, to be able to deliver sustainable and affordable homes in the heart of Salford, is testament to the hard work, tenacity and progressive thinking of everyone involved. 

“We believe that we’re continuing to add to this diverse place through our work repurposing key parts of the city in partnership, by delivering choice and amenities, driving investment, while providing opportunities, all to directly benefit Salford community.” 

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This proposal, taken together with atelier, will form the most inspid streetscape in the city. Chapel St deserved so much more imagination than this

By Denizen

Yet another banal rabbit hutch design. Why are the balconies? Why on earth do architects in the UK persist in omitting balconies in their designs contrary to what is happening on the continent?

By John

Great that a registered provider has come on board to deliver this and one with ambitious environmental aspirations by the sounds of things.

Hopefully they will improve the upon the awful layout many of these new flats have with a lack of storage and everything accessed off the living room. Oh and introduce some balconies too.

By Anon

At least there’s trees and nice paving on this one, driving down Chapel street there are no trees outside the Salboy developments and the paving havr been left as tarmac which looks unsightly.

By Meeseeks

The lack of trees in both the central reservation and the wide pavements on Chapel Street is making this area a missed opportunity.

By Allotmentlad2

Boring beyond belief! The trees will never materialise either. Guaranteed!

By Steve

100,% affordable.. we will wait and see when it’s all built how much the properties are.

By Darren Born Bred