Place North West | Rethink for One Heritage’s £163m Salford skyscraper

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The tower is set to become the tallest in Salford overtaking Anaconda Cut

Dan Whelan

The developer is tweaking its plans for the 55-storey Greengate tower to “ensure the scheme is deliverable in the post pandemic landscape”, according to a letter sent to local residents. 

One Heritage Group won approval for the 545-home project in January 2020 but work has not started on site. 

Prompted by the events of the last 18 months, the listed developer is now readying a revised application that will feature “a number of design changes”, according to the letter. 

Construction was due to start last year with a targeted completion date of 2023/24. However, in January the developer revised the timeframe of the project, eyeing a start in Q1 of 2021, which never materialised.

Subject to approval of the revised plans, a start on site is now expected in September and construction is anticipated to take four years, according to One Heritage’s website. 

The development site is bordered by the River Irwell and sits on the corner of New Bridge Street and Greengate, next to Elliot Group’s stalled Residence development. 

The 390,000 sq ft skyscraper would be the tallest building in Salford at 173 metres and the second tallest in Greater Manchester behind Deansgate Square’s South Tower, which stands at 200 metres tall. 

The project team comprises OMI as the architect and Euan Kellie Property Solutions as the planning consultant. Contractor Laing O’Rourke signed a pre-construction services agreement with One Heritage last year.

One Heritage, led by chief executive Jason Upton, floated on the London Stock Exchange last year. 


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