Members of the public will get a chance to look at the latest plans for the redevelopment of the Salford Crescent masterplan, the joint initiative by Salford City Council and the University of Salford this week.

The vision is to bring together five different development zones to create a new city district with a world class centre of learning, collaboration and industry at its heart surrounded by open green space and heritage.

The masterplan, by 5plus Architects, outlines a new innovation district with incubation space for business start-ups and SMEs; a new health village with GP services and expanded nursery provision; a range of new housing from family homes with gardens to a 30-storey tower and a new Civic and Cultural gateway celebrating the area’s culture and heritage assets.

A key theme of the proposals is the radical improvement of the public realm establishing strong physical links with the surrounding communities with new walking and cycling routes connecting through the campus to the green assets of The Meadow and Peel Park and a new linear park running behind The Crescent along the route of the Manchester / Bolton / Bury canal.

There would also be new student accommodation; improved and extended sports facilities; a conference centre and hotel; new food and drink around the Old Fire Station and an emphasis on culture and the arts to create a world class destination.

Public consultations on the masterplan will be held on:

Wednesday 8 August

Time:                     12pm-8pm

Location:              New Adelphi Building, University Road, Salford

Saturday 11 August

Time:                     10am-1pm

Location:              The Old Fire Station, The Crescent, Salford.

Comments can also be made on-line until September 3rd via The Crescent website:

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “This is an ambitious masterplan that combines the resources of both University and City to create a truly integrated new city district that will open up new education and training opportunities and provide a host of spin-off benefits to the adjoining neighbourhoods and city region.

“Improved sports facilities open to the community, a new concert and events venue and a cluster of independents offering food and drink around the Old Fire Station will all expand this learning quarter of the city.

“We look forward to sharing this vision and want to hear and understand people’s views.”

Jason Challender, Director of Estates at the University of Salford said: “This masterplan will transform the A6 corridor and the surrounding area for the decades to come. It is a real partnership with the council and the local community so we are keen to hear what people think.”

Comments received through the consultation will help inform a future Development Framework for the 99ha masterplan site.

The Adelphi and The Crescent areas will be developed with private sector partners and a detailed prospectus will be issued in early autumn with a view to appointment of a partner, or consortium of partners, in Spring 2019.

Iain Jenkinson, senior director with CBRE said: “This is a unique opportunity. The site includes 15 hectares that have been identified for a major new residential and cultural destination and there are no other development sites of similar scope and scale that are ready to go anywhere in the UK.

“There has been a huge amount of interest since The Crescent masterplan was launched at MIPM 2018 and we continue to talk to interested parties and will be doing so in more detail when the prospectus is launched in the Autumn following this consultation process.”


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