Royalton acquires site for Salford Quays resi

Working with Frogmore, high end residential developer Royalton Group has acquired the 8.3-acre Pier 7 site in Salford Quays for its first scheme in Greater Manchester.

The site, purchased from TH Real Estate for an undisclosed sum, has an existing outline planning consent for around 800 units granted in May 2016.

An updated masterplan for more than 1,000 homes, together with new bars and restaurants and landscaped squares is now being developed by SimpsonHaugh & Partners ahead of submission by the end of the year.

Royalton founder and chief executive Ken Parker said: “This is an exceptional opportunity to create a world class address and we are incredibly excited. To have more than eight acres of waterfront land in the fastest growing city outside of London is a unique opportunity and we will make this a wonderful place to live.

“Salford City Council has been receptive to the scale of our ambition and very supportive and we are working closely with officers to develop joint plans to create the type of destination not yet seen in Greater Manchester.”

The site is currently used mainly for surface car parking and a group of low rise, half-vacant office buildings, known as the Media Centre, would be demolished. The Holiday Inn Express is not included in the site purchase. In addition to this disposal, TH last year sold off Manchester’s Central Retail Park.

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “Development of a currently under-utilised and part-vacant site is an exciting opportunity to create a dynamic new area of Salford Quays, adjacent to MediaCityUK.

“Investment and development of this scale bring huge benefits, opportunities for employment and skills training, apprenticeships and the benefits to the local supply chain, whilst also helping to fund other social outcomes.

“Not to mention, we are anticipating significant contributions from the Royalton Group for community infrastructure and truly affordable housing.”

Pier 7

Image from previously consented scheme at Pier 7

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The new scheme appears to be far more about cramming as many homes into as small a space as possible rather than creating a vibrant varied development.

Would like to see a larger focus on leisure offerings to really add value to the area.

By Quays Man

Simpson again!! Does any other architect ever get a look in. Knowing them, it will be bound to have a skyscraper stuck somewhere in order to accommodate the additional 200 units. The old scheme looked much nicer

By Steve

Given we don’t even know what the new scheme looks like I think it’s a bit early to be passing judgement

By Anonymous

Good to see the standard flock of birds in the CGI.

By Bill Oddie

I think we can expect some quite good offerings from this 4th-wave development of Salford Quays.

By Lloyd Hitchmough

Oh sorry for having an opinion Anonymous. I’ll make sure I run it past you next time before making a comment *rolls eyes*

By steve

Just heard there is intent to build a 48 storey block adjacent to the holiday inn with a crazy plan for a lido in Francis basin and a roof-top playground. Not what the area needs. There is already a huge issue with anti-social behaviour from kids of the local area. 1500 units with approx 500 parking spaces. There will be a major traffic and parking issue. Is this really what a developer who wants to turn the area in to a place to go, should be encouraging. These ideas will create an ASBO hotspot. Listen to the local residents, we know the development will be great for the area but consideration needs to be given.

By Quays man

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