Plans in for high-rise Greengate flats

Silverlane Developments has submitted a planning application for a 310-apartment scheme in Greengate, Salford.

The scheme, called Norton Court, was designed by Jeffrey Bell Architects.

The development will replace a surface car park near to the River Irwell and Abito Building with two residential towers, of 34 and 14 storeys, and includes landscaping and basement parking.

The proposed scheme will provide 300 apartments, through a mix of one, two and three bed units, totalling 275,000 sq ft. There will also be 5,000 sq ft of commercial space.

Additionally the development will link into the riverside walkway along the River Irwell which runs to the north east of the site.

Indigo Planning advised on the application.

Greengate is identified as the historic centre of Salford and is made up of a mix of uses, including industrial, commercial, residential and retail. The site is part of a wider residential-led mixed use regeneration strategy led by Salford City Council promoting 1,826 homes in the area over the next 15 years.

Jeffrey Bell, director of Jeffrey Bell Architects, said: “The Norton Court scheme is an identifiable landmark development providing 300 residential apartments within the Greengate Quarter. A development that epitomises Salford’s confidence and creates a distinctive identity for this part of the city.”

The application is due to be determined by Salford City Council towards the end of October.

Other members of the consultant team include Royal Haskoning, Croft Transport Solutions, TACE and WML Consulting.


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Manchester is really starting to look like Benidorm. We need iconic buildings not more 60’s looking flats!

By Craig

All great cities have bland buildings, it makes the iconic buildings stand out. The word “iconic” is tossed around a lot on here, but people don’t realise that it’s media exposure which makes a building iconic, not necessarily the buildings themselves – Beetham, Town Hall, Civil Justice Centre; Manchester already has “iconic” landmark buildings. Buildings like this help to bulk up the skyline and give the city that “wow” factor upon arrival. You can have all the “iconic” skyscrapers in the world but if they’re scattered around on an otherwise flat skyline it just looks stupid.

By ....

The’ historic centre’ of Salford.(!) An oxymoron if ever there was….”at the stroke of a Norman Baron’s pen”..etc etc; As for all great cities having bland buildings..that is hardly an excuse to justify building some more. Benidorm indeed! What lacks is ambition and aspiration; buildings are no longer an expression of anything, they don’t have any meaning expressed in their form or their relation to the wider landscape. As for the ‘Civil Justice Centre’ ( yea God’s! is that what they actually call it? what a reflection of the state we have become!) and the Beetham Tower, they are simply visual gymnastics for the sake of it. Pevsner must be spinning.

By Jeremiah

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