Regent Trading Estate, ECF Derive, p council documents

The scheme features a mix of townhouses and apartments. Credit: via council documents

Proposals emerge for ECF’s latest Salford Passivhaus scheme

Regent Trading Estate off Oldfield Road is earmarked for redevelopment into 90 affordable homes that, upon completion, will be acquired by the city council’s housing association Dérive.

ECF’s latest Salford Passivhaus scheme will comprise 27 townhouses and 63 apartments on land next to Islington Mill.

Salford City Council’s property and regeneration committee will meet on 24 June to sign off heads of terms for the development funding agreement between the city council and ECF, which will see the developer acquire the site from the authority on a long leasehold basis.

The committee is also recommended to provisionally approve a loan to Dérive so that the housing association can acquire the site from ECF upon completion of the scheme.

The Regent Trading Estate project, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley, has been drawn up in consultation with Islington Mill Arts Club, according to a council report. Re-form is advising on landscape design.

Backed by grant funding from the GMCA, the scheme would see the retention of two commercial units for use by IMAC for “continued cultural uses”.

The site falls within the Salford Central regeneration area, which ECF is leading on for the city council.

As part of the masterplan, ECF has already delivered one Passivhaus scheme on nearby Chapel Street and has approval for a second off Peru Street.

Both of those developments – known as Greenhaus and Willohaus – are managed by Salix Homes.

Natalie Kennedy, senior project manager at ECF, said: “Our proposals for Regent Trading Estate represent an opportunity to create much-needed affordable homes in Salford through the redevelopment of largely disused brownfield industrial site.

“We are currently consulting with the local community on plans for 90 affordable, low carbon specification homes, across 27 townhouses and 63 apartments, complemented by attractive public spaces.

“All homes would be Passivhaus certified, ensuring they are cheaper for residents to heat and result in significantly lower than average emissions.

“Throughout planning we will continue to engage with the local community to ensure we are serving their interests.”

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The Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal comes through the land this estate is built on. Specifically, the brown units at the bottom of the image. Beneath those units is a winding hole, which links Middlewood Locks to the land west of Oldfield Road. Any development here should be carefully considered, so the canal can be restored and continued on up toward the University.

By Flixton resident

Islington mill runs events and music late into the night, surely this going to create some major tension? Would be a shame to lose such a valuable gig and event space

By Anonymous

The Greenhaus scheme that you built looks fantastic – great addition to Salford. Who was the contractor?

By Phil Ingham

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