Tue. May 17th, 2022

Construction of a 55-storey skyscraper in Salford – which would become one of Britain’s tallest towers outside London – is set to begin in the coming weeks.

Revised plans for the One Heritage Tower in Greengate, originally approved in January 2020, have received advice from the Salford Council.

At 173 meters, the 542-apartment residential tower would be the tallest building in Salford and the second tallest in the region, just beating the Beetham tower.

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The Salford Council’s planning panel approved changes to the scheme aimed at reducing construction costs for the developer at a meeting this week.

A Heritage chief Jason Upton told the panel at a meeting Thursday (October 7) that work should begin on site in the coming weeks.

He said: “We remain committed to delivering this hugely exciting project, which will make a significant contribution to the regeneration goals outlined in the latest Greengate regeneration strategy.”

The developer described the changes to the plans as ‘relatively small’, but said they would cumulatively make the project economically viable.

A total of 542 apartments are proposed in the revised scheme – three fewer than previously approved – about half of which would be two-bedroom apartments.

Fewer one-bedroom apartments are in the changed plans – down from 264 to 243 – but the number of three-bedroom apartments is roughly the same at 23.

Some changes to the structural core of the building were also approved, including a reduction in the number of basement levels from three to one.

The building would still boast a bar and lounge for residents along with a collaboration room, meeting room, cinema room, library and a two-storey gym.

The number of parking spaces has been cut from 62 to 24 – but there would be bicycle storage in the basement to accommodate 178 bicycles.

A 14-storey tower known as the ‘shoulder’ building, which is also part of the plans, will no longer contain balconies facing the former market across.

The developer has agreed to contribute DKK 2.5 million. £ for public real estate projects in the area, including the future Market Cross scheme and a footbridge by the river.

Affordable housing has not been proposed, but a “clawback” clause in the planning conditions means that if the scheme is more successful than expected, some surplus for off-site housing may be required.

Upton, who described the last 18 months as ‘very challenging’, said the scheme was ‘constantly improved’ to ensure it remained deliverable.

Joseph Timan, local democracy reporter for Salford and Wigan at the Manchester Evening News

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Labor councilor Mike McCusker, a key member of Planning and Sustainable Development in the Salford Council, supported the revised scheme.

He said: “This is an improvement over the original, which we have already passed.

“This will be a significant building on our skyline overlooking Manchester.”

But Conservative councilor Bob Clarke was less free. He said: “At least it’s not square. But unfortunately it’s another spot on the landscape.”

The Planning Panel approved the amendments to the scheme with all members except that Coun Clarke voted in favor of the application.

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