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The new 28-storey tower with 290 apartments set to be built in Salford Quays

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 16/10/2020 Joseph Timan

A new 28-storey tower with 290 apartments is set to be built in Salford Quays.

Plans for the block of flats at Anchorage Quay, next to the new Discovery Quay student apartments, have been given the go ahead by Salford council.

The development will feature mostly one and two-bedroom flats, but there would be 28 three-bedroom apartments of varying sizes offered as well.

Anchorage Gateway, the vacant four-storey bank offices built in the 1990s, is due to be demolished by March to make way for the new housing block.

a person riding a skateboard up the side of a road: Anchorage Gateway, Salford Quays pictured in July 2019 © Google Maps Anchorage Gateway, Salford Quays pictured in July 2019

It comes after planning permission was granted in principle for a 31-storey residential building with up to 290 apartments in December 2019.

The building will now be part 28-storey and part 19-storey with a roof terrace.

Three top-floor apartments would have their own private roof terraces.

A 400 sqm convenience store would be located at street level and a garden area will be created on a 'podium' offering outdoor space for residents.

The design has been inspired by the site's industrial history and recognises its 'pivotal role' as a gateway into Salford Quays, according to the planning agent who spoke on behalf of the developer at a planning panel meeting this week.

a tall building in a city: The new 28-storey tower set to be built at Anchorage Quays, Salford © Chapman Taylor The new 28-storey tower set to be built at Anchorage Quays, Salford

Most of the building will be constructed in brickwork, which extends at the top beyond the roof level of both towers to create so-called ‘crown’ features.

The proposals were altered throughout the two-year design process following feedback from discussions with town planners at Salford City Council.

Planning officer Faye Tomlinson told councillors how the design changed.

She said: “Officers felt that while the architecture was strong, it needed some extra articulation and design detailing to improve and, in particular, to create distinction between the lower element and taller element on the Anchorage Frontage, and therefore through discussions and negotiations, this is the scheme that has now been proposed and is with you for consideration."

The developer Anchorage Gateway had already agreed to pay the council around £1.3m in financial contributions as part of a Section 106 agreement.

This includes £433,500 towards public space improvements within Salford Quays and Broadway, £852,678 towards Ordsall Hall and nearby parks, and £70,000 towards a residents’ parking scheme north of the neighbourhood.

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