Plans submitted for Ralli Quays office and 280-bed hotel development

Ralli Quays proposals
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DPP Planning has submitted a planning application for a significant hospitality and office development in Manchester on behalf of its client Legal & General Investment Management.

Ralli Quays, which is part of the wider Salford Central Masterplan, located on a one-acre site on the banks of the River Irwell, will feature 19,700 sq m of office floorspace and a 280-bed four-star hotel.

Following a consultation with stakeholders and the local community, which was carried out virtually during the COVID-19 lockdown, the application for the development has been submitted to Salford City Council.

Replacing two existing office blocks, the proposed Ralli Quays development has been designed by EPR Architects to complement the scale and quality of the completed or planned new buildings within Salford Central.

The 16-storey hotel will include a restaurant and bar with a terrace overlooking the river, while the adjacent 12-floor office building will have its own rooftop terrace offering views of the city and surrounding area.

The opportunity to regenerate the site has been created by existing Ralli Quays occupier HM Revenue & Customs’ plans to move to Salford Central’s New Bailey neighbourhood next year.

Subject to planning, it is anticipated the first stages of the project will begin in late 2022, beginning with the demolition of the existing blocks.

Ralli Quays is the latest commercial development in the area for the Manchester office of the independent national planning consultancy.

It follows, most recently, the approval of an application for a BREEAM Excellent 10-storey office block, to be occupied by BT, which is the final plot of the New Bailey district of the Salford Central Masterplan.

DPP has been providing strategic planning advice to the English Cities Fund for the Salford Central Masterplan since 2006 and has been instrumental in evolving the original vision into a viable and deliverable planning permission. This has also included the 2019-approval of 211 apartments within a 23-storey tower, where work began on site in June 2021.

Legal & General Investment Management is one of Europe’s largest asset managers, with development and regeneration programmes throughout the UK. In addition to owning a 50% interest in Media City, it has provided long term investment in the New Bailey district of Salford.

Kayleigh Dixon

Kayleigh Dixon, associate director at DPP Planning, said: “Ralli Quays will be a significant addition to Salford Central complementing the surrounding developments and bringing a new hotel and office concept to the market. It also demonstrates Legal & General Investment Management’s long term commitment to regenerate this area of Manchester.”

She added: “We are very proud to submit this planning application, which continues DPP’s long association with the landmark Salford Central Masterplan. The transformation of the area is exceptional and is creating an outstanding community for residents and businesses that is contributing to Manchester’s exciting future.”

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