Green light for 41-storey Salford tower

Manchester City Council has approved plans for a 41-storey residential tower in Salford.

Manchester-based developer and builder Renaker secured permission for the Parkside scheme, which will contain 518 flats, as the third and final building in its Greengate scheme.

As well as one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, Parkside will offer 1,000 square metres of commercial space across five ground-floor units.

The building will stand alongside two other towers – Cortland, at 50 storeys high, and 42-storey Bankside – in the Colliers Yard development, which forms part of the regeneration of the historic Greengate area.

When complete, the development will deliver public realm improvements including a new 0.2ha park, tree-lined boulevard and public square.

Greengate, which sits across the River Irwell from the city of Manchester, has seen intense development in recent years, with residential-led blocks replacing what were formerly industrial buildings and commuter car parks.

Designed by local architects Denton Corker Marshall, Parkside will incorporate distinctive bronze-coloured aluminium panelling across four main vertical pillars to accentuate the slenderness of the structure.

Like its neighbouring towers, it will also feature a two-storey buff-coloured brick podium designed to be in keeping with nearby brick-built landmarks, the Eagle Inn pub and Blueprint Studios.

A paper to Salford City Council’s planning and transportation regulatory panel recommended the scheme be allowed to proceed.

“Overall, the proposals are considered to comply with the parameters set by the outline planning permission and officers are satisfied that the development would make a significant, positive contribution towards the ongoing regeneration of the Greengate area,” it said.

Renaker managing director Daren Whitaker said the scheme marked another key step in the wider regeneration of Colliers Yard.

“We plan to deliver not only high-quality new homes with access to first-class amenities for our residents, but to also create a new thriving city centre destination, and a neighbourhood that the city can enjoy through the creation of a new public boulevard, local leisure amenity, and the creation of Greengate Park,” he said.

Earlier this year, Renaker put forward plans for a 71-storey tower in the Great Jackson Street area of Manchester area which, if approved, will be the city’s highest building.

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