New vision launched to build on success of Salford Quays
More than 1,000 people and local businesses have taken part in consultations to help shape a new vision of how Salford Quays could look and feel in 2030.
They took part in the process last summer to create the document, ‘Salford Quays: A New Vision 2030’, which names five guiding principles for future development at the location, which is expected to double in size over the next decade.
The five guiding princples are:
- A place that puts people at the centre
- A place that works for everyone
- A place where creativity brings people together
- A place that’s dedicated to wellbeing
- A place that celebrates its past
A key wish is that the waterfront neighbourhood further develops its own identity with a new town centre situated between MediaCity, the Lowry and Cotton Quays, supported by new cafes and restaurants which open out on to the waterfront.
A year-round cultural programme is also envisioned, to showcase the city’s greatest artistic talents. This is backed by proposals for a new all-weather pavilion by the waterfront.
There are also plans for a new historic or cultural walking trail to tell the Quays’ unique story as one of Europe’s most successful regeneration projects.
Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, said: “The historic regeneration of Salford Quays is one of our city’s greatest success stories. It has become a beacon of opportunity and inspiration for those working in our creative industries and for the vibrant and diverse communities who call it home.
“Its growth over the next decade will further our ambitions for Salford to be a pioneering city in developing and nurturing skills in the media, technology and cultural sectors with more opportunities for Salford residents to tap into this world class resource on our doorstep.”
He added: “As this neighbourhood flourishes, we must make sure that people are placed at the centre of the Quays’ future. This is at heart of the vision – to show how the successes and lessons over the last 30 years are the blueprint for delivering a neighbourhood that works for all.
“Through this vision, the Quays of 2030 will not just be the landmark destination for culture, entertainment, media and skills in the North West, it will also be a neighbourhood that echoes the vibrancy of its communities, is better connected to the waterfront, celebrates its rich history and makes space for everyone.”
Stephen Wild, managing director, Media City, said: “MediaCity and Salford Quays is a unique destination and as a business we have been committed to its regeneration for the last four decades. It is already a fantastic place – with homes, employment and learning opportunities, plenty of wide-open space and an unrivalled waterside leisure and cultural offering.
“We are excited to continue working in partnership to grow and develop the area, putting people at the centre of a collective, long term vision to create even more sustainable and innovative places to live, work and visit.”