Plans Submitted for 23-Story Residential Tower in Salford, Greater Manchester


Salford, United Kingdom 13 March 2019

Manchester practice Jeffrey Bell Architects has submitted plans for a 23-story residential tower on the outskirts of the city. Backed by Silverlane Developments, the £50 million (US$66 million) Church Street scheme near Eccles railway station features 272 apartments as well as commercial and retail space on the ground floor.

If approved by Salford City Council later this year, the plans will see existing buildings on the plot demolished, including a furniture store and smaller shops. Jeffrey Bell Architects believes Eccles is “likely to see a similar scale of growth to that being seen across the strategic areas of Salford, MediaCityUK and The Quays.”

“The city council is committed to the regeneration of all of Salford’s town centers, recognizing the role they play in serving the needs of surrounding residential communities and as a center of economic growth and employment,” said the practice in a statement.

The proposal features a two-story colonnade at ground level, which defines the edges of the site and addresses the potential perception of this building as an “island object.” The architectural character and language of the new building is drawn from relevant local traditions such as textile warehouses, coal mining and engineering.

“By drawing on the warehouse typology, interpreted into a modern architectural language, the new building, through its scale, layered façade and detailing will contribute positively to the local and wider context. An external language of brick, masonry and metalwork with deep-set window reveals reflects a more robust, converted industrial aesthetic.”

The base of the colonnade piers will be formed from a dark grey black masonry that resembles coal emerging from beneath the ground. The courtyard space within the building will be more domestic, “almost mews-like.”

“The proposal is for an identifiable 23-story landmark development; a development that will create a distinctive new identity for the town as a whole,” said the firm.

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