Renaker Phase Two And Three Greengate February 2020 Salford Committee
Three towers are due to come forward in the next four years

Start nears on Renaker skyscraper trio

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Renaker is to start construction on its latest skyscraper this month, a 50-storey tower in Salford’s Greengate that will form the first building in a 1,500-apartment cluster.

The developer-contractor gained planning consent in March for a scheme around Collier Street and Greengate, to be developed in phases.

The first tower of 50 storeys, made up of 559 apartments, formed the detailed element of the application, alongside the creation of a public park. Outline permission was granted for the other two towers, both sitting at 42-storeys.

Overall, the project could deliver up to 1,521 flats over four years.

Designed by OMI Architects, the glass-clad tower features a three-storey brick podium level, in order to create a neighbourhood at street level, with uses expected to include amenity spaces, bars, restaurants, and shops.

When Renaker revealed its proposals last September, the 50-storey tower was set to become Salford’s new tallest building. However, the plans were quickly overtaken by designs for a neighbouring plot from One Heritage, also working with OMI Architects, for a 55-storey residential property.

The scheme was approved in January, and One Heritage has since lined up Laing O’Rourke as main contractor, with plans to start on site in the coming months.

The dense area of development sits next to an earlier Renaker tower, the 44-storey Anaconda Cut.

Renaker is prolific across Manchester and Salford; the company is nearing completion on 1,500 apartments across towers ranging from 64-storeys to 37-storeys at Deansgate Square, is one site nearby on Chester Road, and on Elizabeth and Victoria buildings at the Chester Road roundabout.

The developer also recently submitted an application for the next 800 apartments within the Great Jackson Street masterplan in two distinctive towers.

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Lots more apartments that are not affordable for Most people

By Darren born and bred in salford

Great to see in uncertain times, being Renaker as well you know it will happen and will probs be up by Christmas haha

By Bob

One of my favs this

By Anonymous

@Darren born and bred in salford. Looking at the price range of these apartments, I’d say they are pretty average in cost. Most are not luxury, just modern. Modern doesn’t mean luxury, it’s just in a city filled with very few modern housing, that modern may look luxurious to some. These are affordable to a huge portion of the population which is why they will be snapped up super quickly despite their price.

Does this mean we don’t need lower cost housing as well? No. But that’s a different story. The city needs a mixture of housing for all. But building lower cost housing for those on low incomes is generally a different side of the business than mid-range like these. This is the commercial sector and perhaps the more affordable end needs to be partially funded by some form of governing body, either LGA or central. But for that, we need to vote in governments to enact on that. Alternatively they could be located on less expensive land – which is the main cost factor these dazs when building homes.

As for these apartments, while their construction doesn’t help those in need of housing directly, their very construction helps the lower end of the market in other, less obvious ways. If a city is experiencing a housing shortage (which MCR is) and if mid-range housing was not built, the people desperately in need of mid-range housing would start buying the more affordable housing stock and do them up, reducing the existing market even more and driving up all the prices. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we don’t need affordable housing, just saying that we need all housing and this end of the housing market is under the commercial sector’s responsibility while the lower cost market is more under the govervenment’s.

By EOD

Darren they are affordable to anybody with a full time job

By Dan

Renaker building overpriced apartments that get sold to only the Arabs and Chinese. Uk lenders run away from high rise towers due to risk and over development.

By Manchester1

Not everyone wants to live in the sky.

By Merswy

@Merswy, you’re in luck. Most homes built in this country are twee little boxes with a garage just big enough for your chest freezer in and plenty of tarmac outside for both of your cars. Upgrade to the superior range and you can probably carpet both square metres of back garden in toxic plastic grass as well. Although not everyone wants to live like that either.

By Anonymous

Not everyone wants to live in the sky…but for those that do, Manchester provides that option.

By Anon

Chinese cash.

By Barry Jones

Does anybody know what the price range will likely be for these?

By Anon

@anon. The price depends on location, square footage, height, views, amenities in the development , negotiation skills etc. Generally 180k to 300k in the city centre for 48- 55sqm . Higher floors cost more. Outskirts cost less. Renaker is reputed for great buildings but they are more expensive than others.

By Manchester1

On the same devolpment on greengate is anaconda cut, a 44storey tower block, where a 1bed appartment(little box) is £1000 a month, a 2bed is £1400 a month and a 3bed is £1900 a month. For that I would want my own personal assistant, a nice lady on my beck and call, my own cook and a cleaner that comes in once a day and cleans up for you. What you do get is a concierge, 24 hour security, gym, yoga studio, cinema, free WIFI, furnished flats, meeting rooms and a 43 floor sky lounge with views of the surrounding areas and strangeways prison. The middle class citizens buying these appartments on greengate think it’s MCR, it’s in SALFORD. Yet there is hundreds and hundreds of homeless people starving and sleeping rough on the streets.

By Darren born and bred in Salford

Great news. Renaker are a great developer and they certainly don’t take their time getting on with things

By Steve

Still called Salford

By Anonymous

Darren, two people on an average wage with no car, transport, WIFI or gym costs can afford those rents quite comfortably. It is a lifestyle choice which many choose. It’s there for you if you want it.

By Anon

Darren, this may well be in the Salford council boundary, however it is still very much the city centre, prime location, within the inner ring road. Salford/Manchester share the same city centre.

By Anon

Price tag of roughly £250.000 for one bed apartment (box) and a 3bed luxury apartment(box) £400.000 to £500.000. The higher you are on the block of flats, no sorry apartments the more you pay.. in Salford areas, you can get two big decent 3bed houses for 500.000, with a big front/back garden and driveway. Also close to shops, pubs, schools etc. Why live in the sky?

By Darren born and bred in Salford

I get the feeling that Darren would prefer a Salford where everyone is miserable and poor, living in a damp terrace house. Just to satisfy his olden-days impression of what Salford should be.

It’s changed, for the better

By Anonymous

Darren, the building of these apartments doesn’t affect you so why moan about it? Clearly there is demand for this type of accommodation from Salfordians / Mancunians both new and existing otherwise there would be no business case. There is plenty of affordable housing available throughout Salford and indeed more is being built as has been covered on various articles on this site.

Maybe time to put down your copy of the Salford Star, stop moaning and start living in the real world, pal.

By Stop moaning

All very well, but try living in one of these things with a family in normal times, never mind now. There’s nothing wrong with houses, they form a community and provide natural living conditions.
It will be interesting to see how many of these are occupied after they have been sold?

By Our house.

Salford & Manchester are the nearest 2 city centres in the UK, not one and the same city centre. Have to agree with Darren on that one. Nice to see so much development though in and around the area. When I left in 1969, Salford was classed as the worst slums in England. It’s time Salford came up in the world :-)

By Anonymous

Wow those look stunning

By Chad

This is an extension of Manchester City Centre. Salford has never been an independent entity like Oldham or Bolton, it is part of the wider Manchester like Southwark supports the City of London even though it is over the Thames and has its own cathedral. I doubt anyone in Southwark thinks they live in Surrey. Greater Manchester is a strange set up as unlike Merseyside which has always been Liverpool’s hinterland , the old milltowns around Manchester have never seen it as a mother city. Salford however as always seen it as the mother city, referring to it as “Town” and supporting its football teams.

By Elephant

So what if it’s in Salford?
This part of Salford feels like you’re in Manchester city centre anyway.
Even if it wasn’t, what’s the big deal? I live between the Precinct and the Quays and love it.

By Anonymous

@Darren born and bred in Salford, Salford as a “city” is purely a perspective and while I don’t deny your perspective is valid, in reality cities in the UK are not a city in the modern sense. It’s simply an LGA – a governing body that effectively exists to organise bin collections. Cities in Greater Manchester are today no different to boroughs. As for Salford being there before Manchester and its city status, Salford was only made a city in 1926 compared to Manchester in 1853 and for no other reasons than by a decree. Using almost any practical standard that defines a city, Salford doesn’t qualify. It has no downtown and few residents of Salford could even name its Civic Centre. Its focal point is another city which can be walked to in a matter of seconds. In all practical considerations, the area around Greengate is part of Manchester’s city centre. If Salford is a truly separate city, the tram would be called an intercity train & crossing the bridge would be intercity travel – it’s not, because it’s simply a borough of the wider Manchester area just as Westminster City is part of London.

Why is all this important in this article? Because these towers are not being build for anything related to Salford, except the fact they sit in an area that is called Salford. If that was a borough or a suburb instead of a “city” or part of Manchester “city”, it would make no difference at all. Every one of those towers is there because it will fill with people who want to be in or near the city centre. And by all definitions other than an invisible, arbitrary border that was made 94 years ago when the world was a completely different place, the whole area is too many people, simply Manchester.

Is there another important reason we need to take all this into account? Absolutely. One of the arguments London uses as to why we should get much less transport or infrastructure funding than them is because they argue Manchester is just a tiny town (and Salford is even smaller) compared to London with its 9 million people. But whenever they refer to London, they are actually referring to Greater London and all its boroughs and two cities combined. They don’t separate it for themselves and neither should we. We don’t travel to Westminster and take an intercity Tube train to the City of London when we go down south.

That said, there is nothing wrong with local pride. Salford is a place. It’s a thing. It has its own history – a history that has without doubt been dominated by Manchester for longer than any living person can remember, but still its own history. But in any real and practical terms, is it any different to other places in Greater Manchester? How is it different to other boroughs (in any real sense)? How is it different to other parts of the city of Manchester? Is it logical to stand 30 seconds from central Manchester and say we have nothing to do with Manchester, unlike Wythenshawe, 3 hours walk away?

By EOD

@elephant Oldham and Rochdale have always been part of the Manchester hinterland because they’ve always been part of the same economic system. That’s how cities work. You know this because we’ve had this debate before.

By Commenter

@Elephant. What you say isn`t entirely true anymore. More and more in Oldham are looking towards Manchester these days. Most will say going into town, as opposed to going down Manchester. We are all Greater Manchester, whatever council we fall under.

By Shaw Gawbie

Darren – there is some of what you’re after about 350 yards away, some good old fashioned Salford, that classic bones of its a*se feel. Why don’t you have a look if these aren’t for you.

By Oscar

At the end of the day, these little boxes (expensive apartments) are in greengate, SALFORD. These will go to the yuppie citizens who want to live in the sky. Good luck to them. End of.

By Darren born and bred in Salford

Wouldn’t pay that much to live in a pokey flat in Salford. How depressing.

By Silly Billy

EOD – you need to do a TED talk…

By North by North-West

These apartments not for normal Salford people. For the upper class people

By John from Salford

Of course these apartments are for normal people. Normal people work in the city centre including many thousands of ordinary salfordians and these apartments will help to house them.

By Salford lad