Tallest MediaCityUK tower close to approval

The detailed application for X1 Developments’ 1,300-home scheme in Salford Quays, and the fourth and final phase of Harworth’s Logistics North industrial site, are both due for consent next week.

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

Plans for the development of up to six buildings on a plot at Michigan Avenue, near to the Broadway Metrolink, were revealed by Peel L&P last year. Salford City Council granted outline consent in March, giving permission for the scheme to reach up to 47 storeys. Jeffrey Bell Architects and NJL Consulting advised on the project.

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

The application details four buildings, ranging in height from the 41-storey tower to 14 storeys.

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. There would also be 15,000 sq ft of ground floor commercial space.

X1 has previously said Media City UK Phase II would be built in four phases, starting with a 31-storey block totalling 366 flats, alongside the public realm. The 41-storey tower would form the third phase.

Plot H

At the same planning committee meeting, Salford City Council is due to approve the final phase of Harworth’s Logistics North.

Plot H at Logistics North, off Lomax Way, is to be built speculatively and will sit next to the Multiply, a smaller-unit development within the wider logistics park. The unit will be made up of a 45,000 sq ft warehouse with 6,000 sq ft office, and will include a two-storey office and reception area.

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.

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