Chapel Street and Salford Central

Improvements to Cathedral Gardens, Chapel Street

Chapel Street

Chapel Street is the old civic centre of Salford and the area enjoys a rich built heritage, with a number of noteworthy listed buildings including the Grade II Cathedral of St. John and Cathedral House and the Grade II former town hall. Exciting plans to revitalise Chapel Street will celebrate this stunning architecture and will bring unused buildings back to life with new and exciting uses.

Occupying a prime location, the Chapel Street corridor links the University of Salford's main campus, through the historic heart of Salford, to the area around Salford Central Station and the riverbank opposite Manchester's successful business district of Spinningfields.

The holistic regeneration of Chapel Street will transform the area for the benefit of existing and potential residents, businesses and visitors. It will be a unique offer at the heart of the Manchester City Region.

A revitalised Chapel Street will link the University of Salford and The Crescent to a new high quality environment for living, working and relaxing, with a vibrant and distinctive collection of shops, cafes and leisure opportunities. Pedestrian friendly streets and public transport improvements will make exploring and travelling to the area easy and enjoyable.

Project background

The regeneration of Chapel Street and the Crescent with traffic calming at its heart was originally outlined during the development of the Vision and Regeneration Framework for Central Salford in 2005 and 2006. The Vision and Regeneration Framework was the subject of a comprehensive consultation and engagement programme based on an innovative model that involved a partnership between public, voluntary and community agencies and social enterprises.

With the support of Salford City Council, Central Salford URC and the University of Salford, 17 community groups formed a 'collective' that led a range of consultation initiatives in a `bottom-up` approach that built on the strengths of local people's knowledge and community networks.

In total more than 3,900 people were actively consulted and over 110 consultation events took place. A wide variety of consultation methods were used and the consultation embraced a wide spectrum of stakeholders.

The intent of the scheme is to support the regeneration of the area by creating a traffic calmed area that is more attractive to residents, businesses and investors alike.

To support the delivery of the Central Salford Vision and Regeneration Framework, a team from Salford City Council, Central Salford URC and Urban Vision developed the Central Salford Integrated Transport Strategy between August 2006 and July 2009. The strategy set out the framework for the development of all modes of transport in Central Salford. This includes the proposal for the calming of the Crescent and Chapel Street including an analysis of the impacts of those proposals and the necessary mitigation measures.

The strategy was the subject of an extensive consultation programme which included public meetings with Community Committees and representatives of the local community, local businesses and business groups, landowners and other partners including the University of Salford, the Highways Agency, Manchester City Council, Trafford Council, Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, the Salford Local Strategic Partnership and Salford Travel Partnership.

During this period the draft strategy was also available for review and comment on the Salford City Council website.

The final strategy was adopted by Salford City Council at a public meeting on 21 July 2009.  

The redevelopment plans for Chapel Street, which are being led by the council, with developer partner English Cities Fund (ECf), were unanimously approved by Salford City Council in January 2010 following more than two years of consultation with the community and stakeholders.

When complete, the final scheme will generate some 11,000 jobs, 220,000 square metres of commercial floorspace for office, retail, and leisure development, 849 homes and 390 hotel rooms.

What's happened so far?

The works completed in March 2012 have created a calmed Chapel Street with widened pavements and new high quality public realm. These works have been delivered following £10 million of investment secured from the North West Development Agency and European Regional Development Fund. These works were carried out following extensive consultation over a period of six years, and have created the physical conditions within which to bring forward the shared vision for Chapel Street.

Bexley Square was the subject of public realm enhancements during 2010 which featured new paving and lighting alongside new street furniture to create a more attractive setting for the listed former town hall.

Salford Cathedral's gardens were also the subject of attention, bringing the previously private area into public use. Improvements included an extensive planting programme and the introduction of a bespoke seating feature, providing an appropriate setting for the city's cathedral.

Bexley Square and Cathedral Gardens are linked by St John's Walk which also benefited from improvement works, which featured a newly paved pathway and planting scheme, enhanced street lighting and cleaning of the sculptural feature in the centre of the walkway. The improvements sought to provide a high-quality pedestrian linkage between the two spaces, enhancing connectivity and promoting the use of the route by residents and visitors.

ECf submitted a planning application in September 2012 for a site between Barrow Street, Islington Way and incorporating the Bell Tower building. The application seeks consent for a new block of residential development with retail space at ground floor to contribute towards creating a vibrant and active Chapel Street corridor.

Salford Central Station

Located to the north of Spinningfields, Salford Central train station is set to become an integral part of the area's development. The station itself has already benefited from major investment in new entrances and facilities. Work is progressing with Network Rail and Transport for Greater Manchester to develop future proposals for the station alongside the Northern Hub that would provide greater regional and national connectivity, more trains stopping at the station and improved station facilities. It is likely that delivery of the improvements will be from 2015 onwards.

Who to contact

Central Salford Development team
Salford City Council
Civic Centre
Chorley Road
M27 5FJ
Map to this location
0161 686 7411

This page was last updated on 23 October 2012

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