Developers seek partner for £800m Salford Crescent masterplan in UK

WCN Editorial Team 16 May 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Salford City Council and the University of Salford are seeking a private sector partner to deliver their £800m masterplan for Salford Crescent in the UK.

The partners have launched their search for a single entity or consortium to commence work on the Salford Crescent masterplan by the end of this year.

University of Salford vice-chancellor Helen Marshall said: “The Salford Crescent masterplan represents a once in a generation opportunity for a partner to get involved in one of the largest mixed-use development schemes in the UK.

"It will see the creation of an inspirational campus that will create a natural home for industry – local, national and international, cultural partners, the people of Salford and it will create a city district that will drive local and regional economic growth across a number of sectors from health, technology, the arts, biosciences, the environment and energy.

“It is a project that will have a lasting, transformative effect on Salford and the wider Greater Manchester city region.”

The Salford Crescent project aims to transform the University of Salford campus and the surrounding area into a new city district.

The new city district will include residential neighbourhood, the redevelopment of the University campus, a new industry innovation park and a cultural quarter built around key heritage assets.

The masterplan, which covers 240 acres, includes development of 2,500 residential new build; 300,000ft² of modern student residential accommodation; 1.6 million ft² of new commercial innovation floorspace; 1.1 million ft² of new educational floorspace; and a new hotel and conferencing suite.

It will also include 2,000 space multi-storey car parks; a new school; new commercial arts workspaces, among others.

Salford City Council and the University of Salford have been working with 5plus architects and CBRE to prepare the new masterplan.

Salford City mayor Paul Dennett said: “We are looking for a private sector partner who understands the unique social and economic impact that this development will have and who recognises the city’s ambition for inclusive growth and development which benefits the people of Salford.

“We will want to know they recognise and understand the unique social value opportunities afforded by these developments, local jobs and training as well as the supply chain and explain how they can best be delivered through inventive processes and partnership working.

“The district aspires to be a beacon of planning and design, incorporating modern infrastructure and R&D. If it is done right we have an opportunity to drive the kind of development and approach to place-making here that could be a model cross the world.”

Image: Artist's impression of University of Salford masterplan. Photo: courtesy of Salford City Council/

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