OMI is leading on the project's design. Credit: via consultation documents

Torsion readies plans for Salford residential project

Working with Si Si Investments, the Leeds-based developer wants to demolish existing industrial buildings off Springfield Lane and build 214 homes. 

The scheme, located close to Urban Splash’s Irwell Riverside, would be Torsion Developments’ first in the North West. 

Designed by OMI Architects, the Salford project comprises two apartment blocks – the tallest reaching 18 storeys – as well as six two-bedroom townhouses. 

Torsion proposes the creation of 87 one-bedroom apartments, 103 with two bedrooms and a further nine duplex flats, also with two bedrooms. 

The site is currently occupied by two industrial units, home to companies including Shindigger and Broskis.

A consultation website for the project said the site is “out of place” and “represents the final piece to the puzzle along this important and attractive stretch of the Irwell riverside”. 

Other developments in the area include Property Alliance Group’s Uptown Manchester, which features 154 apartments across three blocks.

Greengate, an area that has seen several tall buildings come forward in recent years, is nearby, on the opposite side of Trinity Way.

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I’m not against developing this industrial estate but I am against an 18 storey building being built there. I live very close to this and 11 of these stories would be looking directly in to my back garden and also block most if not all morning sun despite the developer is saying. They (developer) advised they would send us through the report showing it wouldn’t stop any light but we are still waiting for this.
They have used the tower blocks nearby as a reference for 18 storeys despite those heing built in the 70’s. This would look very out of place here and I believe completely ruin the area.
As with all of these project there is approx only 20% parking being accommodated which therefore means 80% of the new residents need to park somewhere and we all know that will be on the streets around the area.
There was also a smaller building in the exact location which was rejected and one of the reasons was the flood risk, the other reason is he doesn’t have the money to pay off the council officers approving such things.
If the 18 storey building went ahead I would move out of the area.
We have worked hard on building a community around there and also working on a community garden project which has been great bit the developers are just after the most profit.

By Dave G

An 18 storey block in the middle of a community of houses would be totally “out of place”. The industrial site provides vital employment for people in the area. I just hope the Council see the sense in refusing this

By Sara Donning

Must refuse, it’s far too big

By Cal

This is going to be a gated community with lots of residents green-space, and of no benefit to the wider community. They could use some of their planned green space to develop lower level apartments, and let their tenants use the green space that currently sits right next door to the site. 18 storeys smack bang in the middle of well established 2 storey houses is way too big. A 9 storey block right next door to this was recently rejected as too high, so not sure how the council could allow something this tall.

By Rick

Agreed Dave G we’re on Evans St and this is way too tall for that site, given the proximity to the river would cut off that section and create a huge gated highrise community not intergrated with everyone below in the lower density which works perfectly.

Ive seen that area flooded twice now in the last 15 years so surprised if this goes ahead.

By Anonymous

The general feel from the community is that housing is welcome but that the heights in this proposal are not welcome and this is due to the (yet to be presented) shadow impact on local housing and the well supported community gardens. An 18 storey tower will look out of place in its location, particularly when the PAG development along Trinity Way has limited itself to 12 storeys maximum.

The developer has engaged with the community and the primary height concern has been expressed along with discussions around other options. Whether those other options will be considered we are yet to see. Some small changes in the development plans have been accommodated based on feedback from the community.

By Anonymous

There is no cohesion with the developments for public realm to make the area nice and more liveable instead with have odd looking closed gated communities.

By Anonymous

“how dare somebody else’s skyscraper cast a shadow on my skyscraper, grrr *angry*”

By Verticality

This development would not be in keeping with its surroundings. An 18 storey building will dwarf everything around it, with very little light getting through. If a previous proposal for an 8 storey was refused why would an 18 storey be approved?!

By J Purewal

Brilliant development. Can’t wait to see it

By Mister See

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