Riverside Retail Park, Forshaw, p.Google Earth snapshot

There are proposals for large scale residential developments at various stages nearby. Credit: Google Earth

Salford McDonalds, KFC, and casino to be demolished 

Imco Holdings has lodged plans to knock down the buildings at Riverside Retail Park in Ordsall to pave the way for its redevelopment.

UAE-based Imco owns the site, according to Land Registry. Developer Forshaw Land and Property’s branding appears on planning documents submitted for the demolition of the Grosvenor Casino, McDonalds, and KFC.

Forshaw is also developing the 160-apartment Pavillion Wharf on an adjacent plot.  

As part of the planning application for that scheme, an outline for how the redevelopment of the Riverside Retail Park might look was also provided. 

This indicated that as well as Pavillion Wharf, another four blocks between nine and 25 storeys could be delivered where the casino and two fast food restaurants currently stand. 

Riverside Retail Park masterplan, Forshaw, p. planning docs

Plans drawn up in 2017 show how the site could be redeveloped. Credit: via planning documents

Cassidy + Ashton is advising Imco on the demolition proposals. To learn more, search for reference number 23/82023/DEMCON on Salford City Council’s planning portal.

Riverside Retail Park is located opposite Regent Retail Park, which is the subject of proposals from Henley Investment Management to be redeveloped into 3,200 homes. 

Early-stage plans for Henley’s scheme also feature a 264-metre tower, which would be the third tallest in the country if built today. 

Pipeline developments in this area amount to a westward extension of Manchester city centre. 

Over the border in Manchester, Renaker is on site delivering River Gardens, the redevelopment of the Trinity Islands site. 

This scheme comprises 1,950 apartments across four towers. 

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Not surprised but that Mcdonalds had some crazy footfall traffic from all the nearby apartments, wonder if theres even another spot nearby that could house a Mcdonalds, maybe a future Middlewood Locks phase?

By O9

Just another example of the city centre expanding out in this direction. With Trinity towers to come nearby and the the retail park over the road looking for planning permission for several towers including that 231m one, it’s going to look a lot different driving onto the Mancunian way in a 5/10 years from now.

By Anonymous

I figured they wouldn’t last much longer. Hopefully some quality buildings go in their place, with space for some trees and decent environmental treatment. With the majority of the retail going at Regent Retail Park, and McDs/ KFC, not quite sure where the 1000s of new locals are supposed to shop / meet / go the gym etc

By Harpsicord

A shift from low-density car-dominated uses to sustainably located apartments. Great to see tarmac being replaced by much needed homes. This is one final piece of the Irwell River Park concept. I plead with Salford Council to try and enhance the interface with the riverside path here. We can’t have another dead brick wall onto this path, which could be a world class link between The Quays, Salford Central and the city.

By Great News

Hopefully they won’t stop knocking down all retail and nightlife until the city is all flats.

By Urbanist

They need to include some commercial space around this area otherwise it will be blocks of flats, which will require people to drive to other places.

By Anonymous

With the proposal to also redevelop Regent Park, there will be fewer places to shop or eat or exercise in Ordsall. Its depressing that the Council don’t see amenities as a priority

By Chris

There’s a lot of retail, hospitality and leisure being demolished around there whilst thousands of residential units are being constructed. I expect Porcelanosa is on borrowed time too.

One has to wonder what people who live there will do with their time. There certainly aren’t any easy transport options for them.

By Anonymous

McDonalds and KFC could really go in any ground floor retail units to be honest.

By Aaron

Metrolink could easily add another station in between Cornbrook and Deansgate over Mancunian Way. Would serve a very populate area in the future.

By Anonymous

What a shame Trafford, destroyed Pomona Island. What an amazing park that would have made linking the Quays with the city centre, a haven for wildlife, waterfowl, bringing much needed class to Manchester, all great cities have a large park in the centre. Also, is anything being done with that eyesore next to that yellow storage unit? That needs bulldozing.

By Elephant

Anonymous – you say there ‘aren’t any easy transport links’ for them. Do you not live here? There’s Deansgate Station (metro and rail) a 10 min walk away.

By Stuart

More flats for none salfordians how about some social housing for young salford people

By Anonymous

No more. Enough is enough.

By Anonymous

Are we seriously upset about an empty casino and a maccies being closed down?! They’re not “amenities” for crying out loud they’re mega corporations. This plot is crying out for high density, sustainable urban living. Thank god this is a step closer.

By Are you okay?

@Stuart – A 10 minute walk is still a 10 minute walk. A fair distance to go when your tram journey is the equivalent duration.

By Verticality

There’s nothing sustainable about towers or urban living, quite the opposite in fact

By Cal

Was in Liverpool recently and the arterials are littered with big box retail and drive-ins. Let’s call them what they are, low value land use, that if it were a more economically vibrant place would get redeveloped into something more valuable. The key thing here is to get some mixed use into the development and some quality public realm, otherwise this is what strong cities do, replace low value uses with higher value ones.

By Rich X

Of course urban living is more sustainable, it goes without saying as it makes most efficient use of resources, plus there will always be demand to live close to urban centres where the jobs, services and amenities are concentrated.

Having said that, if all you’re building are flats without commercial space to accommodate the shops, services and amenities that people need – and this happens REPEATEDLY – time and again planners either do not mandate their inclusion or support developers removing them, then the housing becomes very much less sustainable.

You only have too look at the dead zone that is Lower Broughton Road, large tracts of Salford Quays and Ordsall Lane and New Islington to see the impact of poor planning.

By Anonymous

Anything is more sustainable than McDonald’s or KFC. Get it built. Don’t like density? live in the suburbs.

By Dan

25 storeys is disappointing given the sites at trinity islands down the road. At least 50 minimum required here

By Giant Skyscraper Fan

With Deansgate or Cornbrook being a good 20 minute walk away, this are, despite claims by some, doesn’t have good public transport…

But just imagine if we had HS2 and NPR and then all our existing railway lines could be updated and turned into an efficient, high frequency network. Then this area could have excellent rail connections. All that would be needed is a new station at Oldfield Rd 5 minutes walk away. This would be a very useful station, at the junction of the Eccles, Bolton and Wigan lines in one direction and either Manchester Victoria or Piccadilly and beyond in the other. Of course that is a long way off and only if we get HS2 and NPR as originally planned by TftN rather than a cut-down Tory version.

By Jo

Any chance there will be adequate parking,because what has been built so far on Ordsall Lane is shamefully lacking.

By Anonymous

Wow, they really want to cram as many people in to each sqm as possible. So glad I don’t live in a city but each to their own

By Rik

I would like to see an Art Deco theme.

By MrP

Of course dense living is more sustainable. Less reliant on individual transport solutions that needs miles of roads to be maintained or built, pump untold amounts of emissions into the atmosphere and mean that most in suburbia are isolated both economically.and socially unless they have a car.

On an island such as ours, do we want to see what little wilderness or wildlife we have left tarmacked over with poor quality, low density suburban sprawls littering the entire landscape, or build high quality, dense living, improving footfall in city centres making themore vibrant, whilst leaving land for nature which we can all benefit from. It’s an obvious choice imo.

By The Squirrel's Nuts

I was born and bred in Lower Broughton in the 60s, 70s and 80s, I now live in Worsley, I drive all over the North of England and Wales, with my job, there’s nothing nicer than walking down a high St surrounded by green areas, recreational areas and actually smiling at passers by, I also work around and in the city of Manchester , what a difference, no soul, no smiles, just, got to get here , got to get there, get out of my way attitude, not for me, you can keep your shoe box high rise living and wait until the clean air charges come in.

By Mark

I’m never against more homes, but come on, what a perfect opportunity for a couple of skyscrapers to compliment the Trinity Island clusters. I do believe though that the development needs several commercial units at the ground level for shops and cafés / takeaways.


Mark, 0k even if you are who you claim, what you don’t like then is cities. That’s ok, there’s lots of countryside out there. But you are rather on the wrong site making your complaint about development and skyscrapers !

By Anonymous

Squirrels nuts why do apartments require so much more energy than houses? Where are electricity usage in Deansgate Square apartments so high? Your theory doesn’t hold, they’re not sustainable

By Cal

This is very upsetting to hear as a local. As if knocking down all the shops that are over the road from me, that get a lot of custom – wasn’t enough. The mcdonalds is going now aswell. Its never going to stop is it. We moved here because of the local amenities and all the different things the area offered now everything is just being replaced with high rise apartments that will cost a fortune.

By Anonymous

It’s not apartments per se, but very tall energy dependent developments, especially with sealed windows like Deansgate Square, that are unstable ‘Cal’.

Dwellings like townhouses and mansion blocks with their shared walls actually use less energy because the walls are not exposed to the outside.


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