£84m Salboy Greengate scheme will create 250 city centre apartments


Work is under way on a new £84.5m housing scheme in the Greengate area, towards the north of Manchester city centre.

Manchester developer, Salboy Group, and its dedicated construction partner, Domis, have launched their 10th central Manchester development in seven years.

CGI of two-bed apartment

The scheme, named Obsidian, will comprise a 26-storey tower of 250 units – 30 studios, 93 one-bed, 110 two-bed and 15 three-bed apartments.

Construction is expected to complete by the fourth quarter of 2026.

Rising from a narrow and complex slice of brownfield land – at the intersection of Trinity Way and William Street – Obsidian features hideaway beds, collapsible tables, built in office cabinetry and slide-away kitchen panels prevent any wasted space in residents’ living areas.

Communal amenities include a private dining room, gym, cinema room, coworking spaces and package storage. At the base of the building there will be 1,000 sq ft of commercial space.

The architecturally ambitious development, designed by Studio Power, is crafted to attract younger residents – both students and young professionals who have chosen Manchester to pursue their studies and careers.

CGI of studio apartment

Simon Ismail, Managing Director of Salboy, said: “The schemes we develop with younger professional people in mind are often some of the most complex and creative – bringing together modern designs, compact inner-city locations and our future residents’ discerning tastes.

“Obsidian will deliver beautifully and thoughtfully designed homes for people who want to live a stone’s throw from everything that Manchester and Salford have to offer without compromising on quality and comfort.”

Obsidian is Salboy’s fourth development in seven years in the Greengate area – a well-established and well-connected part of Salford that is only a few minutes’ walk from central Manchester’s offices, restaurants and national transport links.

The launch of Obsidian follows Salboy’s completion of Fifty5ive – an 18-storey tower with 220 one- to three-bed apartments – Local Blackfriars – a gated community of 380 apartments, townhouses and penthouses – and the Black Friar pub – a 140-year old historic landmark that Salboy restored to its former glory.

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