PLANNING | Salford flats and student rooms gain consent

Silverlane’s proposals for a £50m residential scheme in Eccles have been approved by Salford City Council’s planning committee, alongside an overhaul of the Waterside student village.

Vicarage Grove, Eccles

Silverlane Eccles Tower March 2019 2

The podium viewed from the approach to the railway station

Working with architect Jeffrey Bell, Silverlane submitted plans for the scheme in March. The proposals feature 272 apartments in the town centre, split between a main block of 23 storeys, along with smaller four and six-storey blocks.

Ground-floor commercial space, totalling nearly 7,500 sq ft, will face Vicarage Grove, on the approach to Eccles railway station, while a courtyard for residents will also be provided.

The plot for the development borders Vicarage Grove and Birkdale Grove as well as the start of Church Street, Eccles’ main retail high street. Current occupiers include a Scape charity shop, Booths furniture, and The Top House pub.

The planner is NJL Consulting. The professional team also includes Croft Transport Planning; Arcadis as cost consultant; Booth King Partnership as structural engineer; and REC.

Waterside student village

Salford Waterside Student Village

Developer Student Cribs’ proposal to redevelop the Waterside student village was also granted planning permission.

The site, off Frederick Road and next to the IQ student development, currently houses 13 blocks of accommodation, of two or three storeys each, with a total of 247 beds provided.

Student Cribs proposed a redevelopment which will increase the number of total units slightly, to 134, but significantly increase the volume of bed spaces, to 511. The company acquired Waterside for £11.3m in 2017.

Planner Nineteen47 put together the application on behalf of Student Cribs. Powell Dobson is the architect for the project, while GL Hearn provided a student accommodation demand survey.

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