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Fred Done's property firm Salboy resubmits plans for Northern Quarter scheme

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 27/02/2019 Shelina Begum
a group of people crossing a city street: Property developer Salboy today submitted a planning application for their reworked residential scheme on Back Turner Street in Manchester's bustling Northern Quarter. © Manchester Evening News Property developer Salboy today submitted a planning application for their reworked residential scheme on Back Turner Street in Manchester's bustling Northern Quarter.

Billionaire Fred Done’s property development company, Salboy, has resubmitted plans for a residential scheme in the Northern Quarter after their original application was refused by the council last year.

Following several months of public consultation, Salboy has submitted planning application for their reworked residential scheme on Back Turner Street.

Feedback from the local community was heavily in favour of trying to retain as much of the existing warehouse on site as possible, which has led to a reimagined design that is now ‘more sympathetic to its location.’

Situated between Back Turner Street, Shudehill and High Street, the proposals include plans for a residential-led development comprising of 65 one, two and three-bed apartments.

There will also be 163 sq m of commercial floorspace at ground level.

The scheme has been designed as three ‘unique interlinking elements’.

a tall brick building: Plans submitted for Salboy's reimagined residential scheme in the Northern Quarter © Manchester Evening News Plans submitted for Salboy's reimagined residential scheme in the Northern Quarter

At a higher level on Shudehill, the building drops down to six storeys on Northern Quarter’s High Street. At the centre of the design is the retained brick warehouse.

The contrasting fully glazed nature of the taller building will provide a striking gateway to the Northern Quarter.

The previous proposals for the site – a 13-storey aparthotel to be operated by Zoku – were refused by Manchester council’s planning committee on the basis of height in February last year after three previous deferrals. Planning officers had each time recommended the scheme for approval.

Jon Matthews, director at Jon Matthews Architects, said: “Retaining the core warehouse on Back Turner Street is certainly a challenge from an architectural and construction point of view.

“It has meant that we have had to rework the newer elements of the scheme slightly to make it viable. At its highest point, the scheme is 9m higher than any previous design for the site. Although by city centre standards, this is still not particularly tall.

“The massing, bulk and slab-like nature of the previous application was also far more significant and consistent across the length of the site.

"In contrast, the new tower’s visual impact has been significantly reduced through the design of a tall, slender and elegant form. This is further refined and managed through a series of well-considered cladding materials that frames the activity and life of the building.

“It is now a truly unique and striking building for the area and is a great example of working closely with the local community to achieve a design that appeals to the vast majority.”

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Simon Ismail, managing director of Salboy © Manchester Evening News Simon Ismail, managing director of Salboy

Simon Ismail, Director at Salboy, added: “We are from Manchester and respect the unique character and buzz of the Northern Quarter immensely. Since our first public consultation back in September, we have worked closely with the local community and invested additional capital and resources to extend our consultation activity.

“While our original plans have changed significantly with the decision to retain much of the existing building on site, we are genuinely delighted and proud to now submit plans that we feel are of benefit to everyone in the community. This scheme will allow people to put down roots and contribute to a growing community.”

Salboy has also recently teamed up with CERT Proper ty to build a 10 storey apartment scheme in Old Trafford.

The joint venture has acquired land at 86 Talbot Road which has planning permission for 90 apartments.

The scheme, called ‘Insignia,’ is located opposite the proposed UA92 campus.

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