Salford Masterplan March 2019 2

Search begins for £800m Salford masterplan partner

Developers have until 14 June to put themselves forward to partner with Salford City Council and the University of Salford to deliver the area’s ambitious 240-acre Crescent masterplan.

After trailing the masterplan last year and launching it at the MIPIM property conference in Cannes this March, the university and council have formally launched the tender process to find a development partner or a consortium to help build out the site.

This covers much of the University of Salford’s existing campus, areas around the Crescent, Peel Park, and Frederic Road North.

Overall, the University’s estate extends north and south of The Crescent, taking in the listed elements of the Musuem & Art Gallery, to Salford Crescent station and includes green spaces at the Meadows, Peel Park and the David Lewis Sports Ground.

Under the timeline set out by the council, university, and its advisor CBRE, expressions of interest will conclude on 14 June; following this, “a select number of bidders” will be invited to talk with the council and university between July and October, with a preferred bidder to be named by the end of the year.

Architect 5plus has worked with the council and the University of Salford on the masterplan, which is split into five areas. These are:

Adelphi: Low to medium density housing including new family housing with gardens, a new apartment building and the potential conversion of Adelphi House to residential. This area could also be the location for a primary school.

The Crescent: A new residential district supported by local neighbourhood stores and independent cafes and restaurants. Around 1,200 homes are already on site or are consented in the area.

The Crescent is to include the gateway, using the listed assets The Old Fire Station, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Hall, Joule House and the Working Class Movement Library, along with a new conferencing and events centre at Maxwell Hall.

Peel Park: New development would be concentrated on the Frederick Road and Peel Park campus with three new buildings for The School of the Built Environment; The Salford Business School and a new Digital Learning Commons. There is the potential for further expansion on a plot behind the Peel Building and proposals for 700 more student bed-spaces.

Health Village: The opportunity for a health village set within landscaped realm providing health, science and technology related teaching and research clustered around the existing University provision in Health, Midwifery and Nursing. GP practices and existing services would be developed.

There is also the potential for a new transport interchange at Salford Crescent Station with a new concourse and bridge to the Peel Park Campus.

Innovation District: The main employment area within the masterplan, offering incubation and enterprise space to start-ups and SMEs. Current low-quality business units would be demolished to make way for flexible buildings that could respond to the needs of technology and industry and help drive innovation and collaboration.

The masterplan is also being supported by a council bid for Homes England Housing Infrastructure Fund backing in the region of £20m.

Mayor of Salford Paul Dennett said: “This masterplan is not just about development, it is about cultural development, placemaking and economic growth in the creation of a place where people will want to live, work, visit and study.

“With established and extensive parkland and soulful heritage assets, there is an unprecedented scale and depth of place-making and cultural ambition in Salford that defines this area.

“We are looking for a private sector partner who understands the unique social and economic impact that this development will have and who recognises the city’s ambition for inclusive growth and development which benefits the people of Salford.

“We will want to know they recognise and understand the unique social value opportunities afforded by these developments, local jobs and training as well as the supply chain and explain how they can best be delivered through inventive processes and partnership working.

“The district aspires to be a beacon of planning and design, incorporating modern infrastructure and R&D. If it is done right, we have an opportunity to drive the kind of development and approach to place-making here that could be a model cross the world.

“The future in Salford is exciting and this ambitious masterplan will bring new jobs, homes and opportunities for now and future generations.”

Potential bidders can find more information on North West procurement portal The Chest.

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Sounds great, but will any of the housing be affordable/social, or is it just more social cleansing. A partner should be chosen only if they are willing to make the development affordable for the people who already live in Salford or those that wish to but don’t earn 30k each PA and therefore cannot afford the sky high prices and rents currently charged. A garden would be lovely.

By Nic Garner

Having lived and worked around here a good while ago I know this area has great character as well as a really strong community that stretches well beyond the immediate area. I think a lot of the younger members of old Salford families could be tempted back if this is done well. Good luck Salford.

By Roscoe

Nic – Given the urban setting I’m not sure a garden is the best use of space for the land here. Roof terraces, decent sized balconies, communal gardens perhaps but individual gardens? They would push up the price and make it less affordable.

By Allotmentlad

Nic, the minimum affordable will be what they go for, its inevitable here with it being so close to the city center.

Late stage capitalism, the rift only grows larger.

By Anonymous

This affordable housing nonsense again, there’s affordable housing all over Salford, it doesn’t need to be here too, this could be a nice salubrious area that people wan to live in.

By Dan

Exactly Dan – this is aiming to be a nice area, we need wealthy young professionals here. There are plenty of places in Salford for layabouts and there horrible feral kids to live. Let’s have one nice area where people don’t feel threatened to go outside

By Anonymous

Although I agree about the feral kid scenario, affordable housing is not just about workshy trailer trash, what about Nurses, Teachers, Paramedics,Fire personnel etc? Central Salford and Manchester now are way out of the reach of people on average salaries.

By Elephant

There are so many places in Manchester and Salford which are extremely affordable to live in. This isn’t London. Manchester needs more luxury homes for the rich to increase its council tax rates, not more affordable housing which it already has in buckets

By Anonymous

I don’t think it is the salaries of the people which makes a community but the quality. I totally agree with Anon that we have enough places full of knuckle draggers throwing missiles at trams and ruining lives but there has to be a balance or you get wealthy ghettoes like Belgravia or Mayfair. Manchester(I know this is Salford) unlike its surrounding boroughs is low on wealthy areas so that is a valid point.

By Elephant

If you think Manchester is low on wealthy area’s you should try buying a decent sized apartment in the center, castlefields or media city. Comparably its becoming a very expensive city to buy in, not compared to London, but practically everywhere else.

By Anonymous

Wealthy areas in Manchester: some of Didsbury, wealthy areas of GM : Altrincham. Hardly Leeds is it

By Andre

Anon… try walking around media city or castlefield after a certain time… If you want a little snapshot of what its like, look up film ‘The Omega Man’ with Charlton Heston on Netflix…

By Tony B

Andre – Not sure there are any spectacularly wealthy areas in Leeds are there? Chapel Allerton maybe, and that’s cheap as chips compared to even Chorlton. There are bigger houses in Stand than on ‘Millionaires Row’ in Alwoodley. Not wanted to get into a petty argument but think you are off the mark. Harrogate and York fair enough.

By Loganberry

Greater Manchester has the wealthiest hinterland of any regional area but I thought we were talking about the City of Manchester?

By Elephant

Salford, following decades of underinvestment, proceeded to demolish “Coronation St” and its established communities – its solution was High-rise, low quality, concrete jungles – exacerbating social problems that are still apparent today. The overwhelming majority of Salfordians – hard working, decent, council tax payers – want to see Salford aim high and provide quality buildings that people aspire to live in – and not the Stalinist ghettos that were built in mid/late 20th century. For far too long, we have catered to the minority of “dead heads” who will never be partners of the wider community. The sooner they wipe out the “dross architecture” in the City – the better. I fully support these proposed changes.

By Roops

Seems everyone’s asking here ‘what kind of city do we want to build’, we definitely won’t support growth if we don’t create more affluent areas close to the city, and yet, if we go too far down that road, not only do we lose a bit of our soul, we fall into the inclusiveness trap (lack of) that took us into Brexit.

By Rich X