Salford Central\

A dynamic built form that stitches together the fabric of two cities

Rooted in its built context with a distinct character of its own, Salford Central will bring 211 new homes to Salford along the north bank of the River Irwell.

Hawkins\Brown won a design competition in 2017 to develop a high-profile residential scheme within the Salford Central masterplan. The scheme is currently progressing with Phase 1 breaking ground in 2020. Phase 1 consists of the southernmost tower and podium block, providing 211 apartments.

The challenge

Located at the boundary between Salford and Manchester, the site offers a unique opportunity for a development stitched into the fabric of both cities. The challenge was to provide high quality homes and public realm and an efficient scheme on a constrained site, nestled between the River Irwell, Trinity Way and new Orsdall Chord railway bridge.

The big idea

The scheme consists of two towers linked by an angled podium that creates a distinct and dynamic massing form. The form is unified by a rational façade that incorporates a family of repeated panel types optimised for modern methods of construction.

Further articulation and a sense of transition up the facade is added through a layer of projecting and inset balconies that take advantage of views across the two cities.

At ground level the scheme provides active uses with residential amenity, co-workspace, pocket cinema, bike store and south facing gym. A communal terrace is also provided for residents at podium roof level. The new public realm responds to the water’s edge and complex level changes and provides the opportunity to connect to Manchester via a new pedestrian bridge.

The small detail

Responding to the site’s industrial heritage and location opposite the Factory, chamfered façade panels are used to create an additional layer of visual interest. The use of brick at ground floor roots the building into its surrounding context.

The bigger picture

Salford Central a plot within the wider Salford Central Masterplan - a major mixed-use regeneration of over 50 acres of Salford’s civic and historic centre being delivered by The English Cities Fund (made up of Muse Developments, Legal and General and Homes England) in partnership with Salford City Council.

Project Summary

Project Team

Contractor: Morgan Sindall Group plc
Planning Consultant: DPP
Landscape Architect: HED
Structural Engineer: WSP
Services Engineer: Hannan
Fire Engineer: OFR
Cost Consultant: Walker Sime
Principal Designer: Hawkins\Brown

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