Plans approved for £365m Salford waterfront scheme

Cotton Quay

Plans have been approved today for Salford’s Cotton Quay scheme.

The Manchester office of planning consultancy Lichfields secured permission from Salford City Council on behalf of developers the Royalton Group and Frogmore.

The development – which will feature buildings of 37-storeys and 48-storeys – comprises four distinct quarters recalling the area’s historic association with the cotton industry.

These proposals include up to 1,493 homes, commercial, retail and leisure spaces, two hotels, harbour lido baths in St Francis Basin, new realigned access road and bridges, a multi-storey car park with rooftop play area, climbing wall and bouldering centre, new public realm including ecology park and pedestrian promenade, and floating gardens.

The site is split into four development quarters named after types of cotton, with the Pima Quarter featuring three landmark buildings.

The development site is surrounded by water to the north, south and west and is adjacent to the Holiday Inn hotel.

Two existing buildings – Laser House and Magnetic House – will be demolished.

The existing road, Waterfront Quay, which currently runs centrally through the site, will be moved to the north and a southern promenade will be provided, primarily for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

Planning and development consultant Lichfields’ analysis of the benefits to the local economy say it will support almost 650 construction jobs, and more than 100 jobs at the new hotels and commercial outlets, and the housing provision will help support Greater Manchester’s ambitious new-build targets over the 10-year construction period.

Full planning permission has been granted for 489 dwellings, 2,296 sq m of retail and, or commercial use, one of the hotels, the multi-storey car park and most other aspects of the scheme.

Outline permission has been granted for 1,004 dwellings, the second hotel and 920 sq m of retail/commercial space.

A range of contributions will be provided by the developers as part of the permission.

The proposals have been designed by Studio Egret West, Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher and Studio Partington.