Silverlane Developments has exchanged contracts on the site. Credit: via Google Earth

Silverlane plots second Eccles tower

Plans are being readied for a 26-storey residential scheme on the former Vauxhall garage off Albert Street, a site previously being brought forward by Cheshire Estates, which is in the process of being liquidated. 

Silverlane Developments has exchanged contracts on the site and is working with Iceni Projects to draw up plans for the scheme, according to preliminary plans lodged with Salford City Council. 

Jeffrey Bell Architects has been appointed to design the development, which would feature a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. 

Cheshire Estates lodged plans for a 22-storey tower on the garage site in 2019 but scrapped the 150-apartment project, designed by Whitebox Architecture, two years later. 

According to Companies House, Cheshire Estates is now in liquidation. The company, headed up by director Laurence Daw, has appointed Smith & Barnes to handle the insolvency process. 

Silverlane’s Albert Street project will be the company’s second in Eccles. In 2019, the developer won consent for a £50m residential scheme, also designed Jeffrey Bell Architects, off Chruch Street. 

The proposals feature 272 apartments, split between a main block of 23 storeys, along with smaller four and six-storey blocks. 

BCEGI has been appointed to build the scheme and a start on site is expected soon.

A previous proposal for the site from Cheshire Estates was withdrawn last year. Credit: via planning documents

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Fantastic. Eccles is a the perfect location for density. All the infrastructure for new homes without clogging up the roads – Rail/Metrolink, Gyms, Supermarkets, Wilko/The Range, Artisan Beer Shops, Street Food, GPs, hairdressers within 5-10 minutes walk. Eccles is a bit rough, but the 10 minute walk onto Monton and the Looplines give you the the upmarket and leafy elements Eccles lacks. More development in these places which have the infrastructure, but need more passing trade will help the city mature.

By Maturing Into A Global City

Have said for a long time, Eccles is the one to watch …. as with Ancoats there will be gentrifcation

By Bo

I agree with the others on Eccles. This and Droylsden are the places to watch in GM.

By Elephant

I also agree with the comments. I am surprised it has taken this long to be honest. It is so well connected, you can get the train into Deansgate in 5 minutes. Media City on the tram in 10 and as has been said it is next Monton one side but also the Trafford Centre on the other. The center of Eccles needs some work doing but it is coming. I know SCC are actively trying to encourage independent shops and bars on the main street.

By Bob

It’s to big for that road and could you please tell me where are all these people that move into them flat s are going to park their cars

By Ashley dixon

Cars make people so boring. There’s so much more to life than “where will people park their cars”. Get out of your tin can and enjoy the world.

By Anonymous

Ashley Dixon, There’s loads of parking in the abandoned parking lot above the square. Whether it’s free is another story.
I love Eccles, think it should be way better than it is. I live in Monton but shop in Eccles all the time. I think the issue with Eccles is there are too many social housing and flats. Not saying we don’t need social housing, but look at all the affluent areas around Manchester, there isn’t any, Monton, Worsley, Didsbury, chorlton, unfortunately this is what stops gentrification in areas with potential.

By Steve

Eccles Dorado will be good to see and agree with others, an excellent location

By B Wilder

Actually talking about cars is what makes people so boring. Eccles is well connected for everything but I wouldn’t like to take my 86 yr old mother on the crossbar when she has her next hospital appointment at Salford Royal.

By Monton flyer

Might as well reach for the sky. Tes nowt else to reach for. It will soon fill with..’influencers’.

By Snid

This is not great at all and it’s completely unrealistic and patronising to comment that the parking issue should not be considered. I live opposite this proposed monstrosity and witness daily the traffic and parking chaos . Increase in pollution, traffic, loss of light . the infrastructure can’t cope as it is let alone an additional 150 + new residents, and don’t get me started on the water pressure issue since the Milton Hotel opened. The owner of the hotel has also submitted planning to turn some of the remaining office space into 28 apartments. The driving force here is maximising profits without due consideration for the environment and impact on the neighbourhood.

By Elaine

Really, greedy developers who build on stamps – Salford council should be ashamed of themselves. Do residents of Eccles have no voice 😡. It’s ok though because residents of these tower blocks will have a good views with their binoculars!


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