Scarborough outlines 550-home Middlewood Locks first phase

The McCabe family’s Scarborough Group International is working up a detailed planning application to deliver the first 550 of 2,000 homes at its £700m Middlewood Locks development in Salford, alongside 29,000 sq ft of offices and new public realm.

Middlewood Locks was granted outline planning consent in March, with the masterplan including 2,000 homes and 750,000 sq ft of mixed-use space at a 23.6-acre site near to the former Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal in Salford.

Scarborough Group has appointed WCEC Group as the architect for the first phase, alongside engineer Buro Happold, and quantity surveyor Gardiner Theobald.

The application will be submitted in autumn 2015 with a planning decision and start on site expected by the end of the year. A contractor is yet to be appointed.

Middlewood Locks is being developed by FairBriar International, a joint venture between Scarborough Group, Top Spring International Holding, a Hong Kong-listed real estate developer in the People’s Republic of China, and Metro Holdings, a Singapore-listed property development and investment group.

The development site is centred around three large basins of the Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal. Alongside the residential aspect, which will deliver a mix of family homes and apartments for young professionals, the scheme will deliver space for mixed commercial uses including offices, shops, delis, restaurants, a convenience store and gym.

Scarborough has also appointed Knight Frank, WHR and Lambert Smith Hampton as lettings agents for the commercial part of the development and JLL has been appointed on the residential investment side.

Zerum represents Scarborough as planning consultant. Studio Egret West is the masterplan architect.

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