A unique 43-metre slender steel footbridge connecting Salford to the heart of Manchester’s commercial centre forms the centrepiece of a £450m overhaul of Salford Greengate
A unique 43-metre slender steel footbridge connecting Salford to the heart of Manchester’s commercial centre forms the centrepiece of a £450 million overhaul of Salford Greengate.
Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company (CSURC) appointed Whitelaw Turkington as lead designer to rejuvenate the 13-hectare brownfield site. Within walking distance of Manchester’s Victoria Station and Manchester retail core, Salford Greengate will be home to 111,000m² of high-quality commercial premises, 1,100 residential spaces and up to 4,500 new jobs, attracting more than £439m of private investment.
The £8m public realm scheme, which will take 18 months to deliver, will incorporate a public square, a variety of contemporary sculptural beacons and water features, and visual improvements to the River Irwell channel.
Nik Puttnam, senior development manager, CSURC, said: “Unlocking the Greengate area is fundamental to the future regeneration of Salford, due to its location between the two cities.”
Danny Crump of Whitelaw Turkington explained: “We needed to design the space to ensure it would appeal to all ages. The first phase, a two-hectare public square will incorporate a rich variety of public artwork and a network of high-quality urban spaces that will use seasonal colour to welcome visitors.
“The demolition of the abandoned viaduct has enabled Whitelaw Turkington to create a dramatic urban space, which will ultimately become home to a new community, including residents and major businesses, linking Salford and Manchester.”
Contractor Carillion, which recently began work at the site, is scheduled to complete phase one in April 2012.