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A tale of two cities

Novella offers 211 new homes and the opportunity of a new lifestyle to Salford’s growing population.

Novella offers its residents not just a new home but a lifestyle. On the banks of the River Irwell and bang in the centre of the vibrant new neighbourhood of New Bailey, it’s a great place to live, work and relax.

Nestled between the River, Trinity Way and Ordsall Chord railway bridge, once complete Novella will comprise two twenty-three storey towers, linked by an angled six storey podium. The first tower and podium block were completed in Autumn 2022 with the second tower due for completion in late 2024.

Every opportunity has been taken to connect residents and visitors with the river and its activity. All the ground floor communal amenities face the water – including the lounges, co-working spaces, and the gym – and floor to ceiling windows ensure everyone gets to see what’s going on inside and out.

The elevated green space on the roof of the podium block, not only provides fantastic views of the river but also across both cities.

Outside at ground level, the arrangement of the apartment blocks creates a series of attractive public spaces along the water’s edge. A pedestrian route runs from Trinity Way, down to the towpath and over the Princess footbridge to Manchester.

Inside, floor layouts have been designed to maximise views out, with principle living spaces located on all building corners. Lounges and bedrooms all face outwards to maximise sunlight and daylight into those spaces, while bathrooms and en-suites are located internally with mechanical extract and ventilation.

South and east facing apartments in the six-story podium block also have full size balconies; in the tower, all apartments have Juliette balconies to take advantage of views across both cities.

Project details

Project name: Novella

Location: Manchester, UK

Value: £20M – £50M

Scope: Architecture

Clients: English Cities Fund (Muse Developments and Legal and General)

Status: Live

Number of homes: 100 - 500

Contractor: Morgan Sindall Group plc

Planning consultant: DPP

Landscape architect: HED

Structural engineer: Hannan

Fire engineer: DFC (Design Fire Consultants)

Cost consultant: Walker Sime

Principal designer: Hawkins\Brown

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