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Salford City Council in the UK has approved next phase of development at 25-acre mixed-use project, called Middlewood Locks.

Middlewood Locks is a joint venture between Scarborough Group International (SGI), Singapore based Metro Holdings Limited, and China based Hualing Group.

Last July, proposal was submitted for the next phase of the £1bn development that is claimed to be a new neighbourhood with more than 1,200 residents in occupation.

The plan features residential and commercial development that include large areas meant as public space for the remaining 10-acre plot of land.

This land links the current community at Middlewood Locks and Salford through the Ordsall Chord railway arches to Manchester city centre.

According to the company, the first reserved matters approval features 659 residential apartments within two blocks, with “one to be part 28-storeys and part 10-storeys linked by a podium garden and the other part 32-storeys and part 11-storeys, alongside ground and first floor commercial space of circa 18,000 sq ft”. 

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The second reserved matters consent is for 250 residential apartments within an L shaped building that steps down from 15 storeys to 11 storeys.

There will be a 4,500ft2 of commercial space with canal-side public space for residents and visitors.

Both the plots will have under-croft parking, electric charging points and bicycle storage.

The plan also includes a public square with event space to link the two plots.

The approval comes after completion of first and second phases consisting of,117 apartments and supporting amenity with the next phase of homes, The Railings, which will feature 189 apartments and townhouses.

SGI development dpirector Paul Kelly said, “This is fantastic news for us and our joint venture partners as we commit to complete our 13-year commitment to curate one of the largest new urban communities in Greater Manchester. 

“The journey over the last six years has not only created a thriving new neighbourhood with over 1200 residents in occupation but also delivered considerable economic returns to the region.

“These next phases will complete the missing link, connecting Middlewood Locks with a seamless transition to the bustle of Manchester city centre, offering a tranquil new place to live and work that is both sustainable and convenient.”

Beijing Construction Engineering Group International (BCEGI) is serving as the construction partner, with Whittam Cox Architects as design partner and Zerum as planning advisor for the scheme.


Middlewood Locks is a joint venture between Scarborough Group International (SGI), Singapore based Metro Holdings Limited, and China based Hualing Group. Credit: Scarborough Group International.