University of Salford markets major residential-led development site

Castle Irwell site
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The University of Salford has commenced the marketing of its former Castle Irwell Student Campus.

The cleared development site, which extends to approximately 35 acres (14.2 hectares), has outline planning permission, subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement, for up to 500 dwellings and 25,000 sq ft of commercial floorspace.

The site, which formed part of the Manchester Racecourse until it closed in 1963, sits within a bend in the River Irwell on Cromwell Road, some 1.2 miles to the north-west of Manchester city centre.

Tim Claxton, who is managing the disposal on behalf of the university, said: “The Castle Irwell site is one of the most significant inner sub-urban sites to come forward in recent years.

“Its close proximity to the city centre and attractive outlook onto the River Irwell and playing fields presents an opportunity to create a quality residential location in an increasingly popular area with the complementary benefit of retail and commercial uses.”

Parties with an interest in the site should register their interest with the university’s retained agent, Tim Claxton Property, either by email at or by phone 0161-905 2632.

Offers are invited by May 3, 2019.