Salford signs off towers, industrial units, homes

A four-tower cluster comprising 1,300 homes, including what would be MediaCityUK’s tallest building, as well as the final phase of Harworth’s Logistics North industrial complex and an affordable scheme in Seedley, have been approved by the council. 

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The 41-storey tower would be the tallest at MediaCityUK

Michigan Avenue, MediaCityUK 

Developer: X1 Developments and Vermont 

Architect: Jeffrey Bell Architects   

Planner: NJL Consulting 

X1’s four-block proposal includes a 41-storey tower that would be MediaCityUK’s tallest building. 

Landowner Peel L&P revealed plans for the development of up to six buildings on a plot at Michigan Avenue, near to the Broadway Metrolink, last year.  

Salford City Council granted outline consent in March, giving permission for the scheme to reach up to 47 storeys.  

A more recent reserved matters application put forward to the council shows X1 and Vermont taking forward the scheme under the name of X1 MediaCityUK Phase II, after acquiring the site from Peel L&P.  

The plot adjoins X1’s development of four 26-storey residential blocks known as X1 Media City. 

The application details four buildings: 

  • Building One would be 14 storeys, providing 180 apartments and two commercial units. 
  • Building Two would be 31 storeys at its highest point, providing 366 apartments and nine town houses as well as three commercial units 
  • Building Three would be 35 storeys at its highest point, providing 387 apartments seven townhouses and a single commercial unit 
  • Building Four would be 41 storeys and would add a further 365 apartments and two commercial units  

In total, the scheme would comprise 1,298 apartments and 16 townhouses, split into 577 one-bedroom, 622 two-bedroom and 99 three-bedroom properties.  

Ground floor commercial space would amount to a further 15,000 sq ft. 

X1 has previously said that the second building, with accompanying public realm, would comprise the first phase of the development. The 41-storey tower would form the third phase. 

Gillespies is the landscape architect for the project. 

Logistics North final phase 

Harworth Logistics North

Harworth has delivered other phases in collaboration with Lancashire County Pension Fund

Developer: Harworth 

Architect: RPS Group 

Planner: Johnson Mowat Planning & Development Consultants  

Plot H at Logistics North, off Lomax Way, is to be built speculatively and will sit next to Multiply, a smaller-unit development within the wider logistics park.  

The unit will be made up of a 45,000 sq ft warehouse with a 6,000 sq ft office, and include a two-storey office and reception area. 

The bigger scheme, Multiply Logistics North, is being delivered as a joint venture between Harworth and the Lancashire County Pension Fund. The latest warehouse will be built in the same style as the Multiply units but is being delivered solely by Harworth. 

Seedley affordable homes 

Salix Home 2

Salford City Council sold the land to Salix in May

Developer: Salix Homes and Step Places 

Architect: BPD 

Planner: NJL Consulting 

The developer and the housing association are to build 157 homes across two brownfield sites in Seedley. 

The plots, previously occupied by terraced houses that were demolished in 2008, total 3.8 acres and are located off Kara Street and Liverpool Street. 

Site A covers 2.1 acres and will accommodate both houses and apartments and site B, spanning 1.75 acres, will be centred around two blocks of back-to-back terraced houses. 

The houses are a mix of one-, three- and four-bedroom offers with 45 units being brought forward as affordable homes. The flats are a mix of one- and two-bedrooms, all of which are available on affordable initiatives. 

A total of 66 apartments will be available for market sale. 

Urban Green, BWB Consulting and SK Transport are also on the project team. 

In May, the council agreed to sell the two parcels of land to Salix Homes for £3.2m. 

The council is exploring the possibility of acquiring 17 units, nine one-bedroom apartments and eight houses, using grant funding from the national Shared Ownership Affordable Housing Programme.   

However, as the nine apartments are within a 14-unit block, it is possible that the council will also purchase the remaining five flats to own one complete block, according to a report published at the time of the land disposal. 

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