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Next phase of Middlewood Locks plan unveiled

Next phase of Middlewood Locks plan unveiled

The second phase of the redevelopment of the Middlewood Locks site in Salford has been outlined by the development partnership involved in transforming the 24-acre site.

Plans have been published for four new apartment blocks containing over 540 new dwellings, which will make up nearly a quarter of all the new homes being built in the development. If planning permission is granted, work will start in 2018.  

Head of development at Scarborough Group International Paul Kelly said this would be the next stage in the £750 million transformation of the huge brownfield site, which his company is investing in as part of a partnership with Chinese property developer Hualing Group and Singapore-listed development firm Metro Holding.

"This development is providing much needed homes and quality office space capable of attracting major organisations, all in an environment that recognises people come first. Work on site is progressing rapidly; you will be able to see buildings start to go up by later this year with people and businesses moving in as early as 2018," he remarked.

Middlewood Locks is based around three canal basins on one of the few surviving stretches of the old Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal. As well as 2,215 new homes, it will feature 750,000 sq ft of mixed-use space including offices, leisure facilities, restaurants and shops.

It is a prime brownfield site due to its proximity to Manchester city centre just across the River Irwell, in particular the Spinningfields business district, while it is also close to Salford Central train station.

The latter fact will be increasingly significant when the construction of the nearby Ordsall Chord rail link is complete. This will mean trains using Salford Station will, for the first time, be able to go not only to and through Manchester Victoria, but also across the city centre to Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations, as well as beyond to Manchester Airport.

A failed legal bid to halt the new rail link - due to it cutting off the historic Liverpool Street station at the Museum of Science and Industry from the main line - would have proposed an alternative passing through Middlewood Locks site, a measure that would have potentially jeopardised the redevelopment plans.

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