Plans go in for next major phase of £1bn Middlewood Locks

Grant Prior 1 year ago
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Developer Scarborough Group International (SGI) has submitted plans for the next major phase of its Middlewood Locks scheme in Salford.

The remaining 10-acre site will include 659 apartments within two blocks reaching 28-storeys and 32-storeys alongside 250 apartments in an L shaped building that steps down from 15 storeys to 11 storeys.

A new landscaped public square linking the two plots is also included within the application.

Updated consent is also being sought as revisions to the existing masterplan for the remaining neighbourhood.

This includes the potential to deliver a combination of significant Grade A workspace and 1,000 new homes.

A hotel and multi-storey car park form a part of the masterplan alongside further public realm around the canal basins including a canal side park, helping to open-up safe pedestrian access under the railway arches and create better links to Manchester city centre.  The buildings would vary from 10 to 25 storeys high.

Phases one and two of Middlewood Locks – comprising 1,117 apartments – have now sold out.

The next phase of homes, The Railings comprising a further 189 apartments and townhouses has also been announced with Beijing Construction Engineering Group International (BCEGI) on board as main contractor.

Paul Kelly, Development Director at SGI, said: “We are delighted to progress plans for the next significant stage of development at Middlewood Locks and demonstrate our commitment to press ahead with the next phases of this strategic mixed-use regeneration project.

“Over the last five years we have successfully delivered exceptional residential space and public realm to create a new neighbourhood with a real sense of place.

“This next phase seeks to connect Middlewood Locks with a seamless transition from the bustle of Manchester city centre through to a more tranquil living environment that is both sustainable and convenient.”

Middlewood Locks is a joint venture between Scarborough Group International, Metro Holdings Limited, a Singapore-listed property development and investment group, and Hualing Group, based in Urumqui, Xinjiang, in China.

When completed, it will provide a total of 2,215 new homes and 900,000 sq ft of commercial space, including offices, hotel, shops, restaurants and gym with a development value of more than £1bn.

Beijing Construction Engineering Group International (BCEGI) is the construction partner whilst Whittam Cox Architects is design partner and Zerum is the scheme’s planning advisor.

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