European Union, investing in your future, European Regional Development Fund 2007-13

Bounded by Chapel Street, Gravel Lane and Sacred Trinity Church and a stone's throw from Manchester Cathedral, this is a key site in the city's regeneration. The transformation of 13 hectares of vacant and derelict land will reconnect the historic centre of Salford to Manchester.

In partnership with private sector developers the area will be transformed. Realisation of the plan for Greengate will generate between £400 million and £450 million of private investment and 5,200 new jobs. To date around 800 new residential units have been completed within the area since 2006 and a further 500 are likely to come forward over the life time of the project.

The first approved outline planning application is a partnership between Ask Developments and Network Rail. High quality shops, a hotel, business and residential space will be developed - accommodating the westward growth of Manchester's corporate development with provision for housing.

ASK Developments have submitted a hybrid planning application (11/60256/HYB) and a Listed Building Consent (11/60257/LBC) for the partial demolition of the viaduct structure; full application for a ten storey office building (165,000sqft) and 452 space car park and outline application for a nine storey office building with associated public realm.

There are plans to complement the planned developments with public spaces, characterised by green spaces, waterways, walkways, public art and iconic architecture.

This public space will have three distinct areas:

The Urban Cove will be a stunning visitor attraction, taking advantage of the natural waterside setting with giant water sculptures and an iconic new pedestrian bridge over the River Irwell.

The Greengate Link will run beneath and around the existing railway viaduct. An attractive pedestrian route, lined with active ground floor units, ample tree planting and lighting columns providing a welcoming space to stroll through.

The Greengate Square is the green heart of the area. With semi-mature trees, lawn and granite terraces, Greengate Square will be the perfect juxtaposition to city life. In 2009, funding and planning approvals were agreed and work on Phase 1A and 1B of the public realm started in December 2010.

The new square is a public space capable of hosting events, concerts and markets. The new amphitheatre in Greengate Square creates a natural space to gather, while the beacons can create spectacular light and mist displays - and the 36 coloured fountains can be programmed to suit every activity at the square. The square was officially launched in February 2013.

Fountains at Greengate Square

Planning guidance was adopted for the Greengate area in January 2007. Please view the planning guidance document for more information.

This page was last updated on 19 May 2015

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