Plans for the scheme were approved in 2018. Credit: via planning documents

United Living picked for £50m Salford BtR

Developer Ridgeback has selected the contractor to build 296 homes off Oldfield Road, the second phase of Outwood Wharf. 

Ridgeback bought the Salford site, for which planning approval was granted in 2018, from Outwood Wharf Developments late last year. 

Elsewhere in the North West, London-based Ridgeback is delivering a 358-apartment complex off Swan Street in Manchester and 336 apartments at 30-36 Pall Mall in Liverpool. 

Now, United Living New Homes is on site bringing forward the developer’s Salford build-to-rent scheme. 

Under the £50m construction contract, United Living will deliver 275 one- and two-bedroom apartments, 11 townhouses and 10 duplexes across three connected blocks. 

The development, designed by IBI Group, ranges in height from eight to 23 storeys and will also provide ground floor amenity space, parking facilities and podium level landscaping. 

The contract award is the latest for United Living Group, which is accelerating its growth into BtR. The contractor has an order book of more than £300m in the sector across the UK. 

Caroline Lewis, managing director at United Living New Homes, said: “As a leading UK placemaker, we are delighted to be playing a key role in creating a new vibrant, sustainable community in the heart of Salford. 

“With a track record for delivering high-quality residential schemes across the UK, we are very much looking forward to bringing the proposals to life for the benefit of residents and the future success of the city.” 

The development is scheduled to complete in October 2024. 

The first phase of Outwood Wharf, a 263-apartment development on a neighbouring plot, completed in June 2020 and is owned by Invesco Real Estate. 

Nearby, Outwood Wharf Developments is drawing up plans for a third project in the area. The 16-storey Glassworks, a 160-home project off Hulme Street, is being designed by Todd Architects.

Outwood Wharf phases one and two and Glassworks fall within the Salford Crescent masterplan area, a 252-acre regeneration strategy being delivered by English Cities Fund in partnership with Salford City Council and Salford University. 

Read more about the Salford Crescent masterplan.

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I like the look of this scheme. It is nice to have balconies. It is hard to tell if it is brick or cladding. I am not a fan of cladding!

By Chris

Better than the vast majority of flats built in Manchester

By Cal

Now that is a brute

By Anonymous

That is a seriously horrid looking scheme!

By 1981

This is ugly and banal architecture this is like most of the new architecture in Manchester and Salford. Architects and promoters are slowly but surely destroying these cites.

By Anonymous

The best thing I can say about this scheme, it that it has balconies. Apart for that, its horrid..

By Manc Man

@Manc Man yes but most schemes don’t even have balconies so this will be a better place to live than most just down to that


It’s absolutely fine and on a par with most apartment buildings proposed in Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Leeds or London.

In fact the extension provision of balconies makes it better than most apartments in Manchester.

By It’s fine

Something utterly charmless about it’s bulk.


Looks like a prison. Copy paste architecture.

By John

Come on now fine lad get a grip. Are you really saying that that pretty awful brutal block is on a par with Renekar buildings at GJS. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion but you cannot be serious

By Notatallfine

I live in flats oposite and feel sorry for the apartments behind…we don’t get a lot of sun here in Salford.. they will lose most of it sunrise view anymore..

By Tom

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