8 December, 2008
The vision of a new urban quarter linking salford and Manchester is another step closer, with the appointment of contractors who will create the first phase of public areas and spaces at Greengate.
Salford City Council has awarded an £8 million contract to Carillion for public realm works that are being seen as the catalyst to attract £580 million of private sector investment over the next 15 years.
The creation of new public areas are the first stage of the regeneration of the area which will see a mix of commercial, residential and leisure uses, in a joint venture between Central Salford URC, Salford City Council, English Partnerships, Network Rail and ASK Developments.
Designed by Whitelaw Turkington and Arup, the public areas will include an iconic footbridge across the Irwell from Manchester Cathedral and the heart of Manchester into a new ‘Urban Cove’ and ‘Greengate Link’ taking people through the former viaduct. The space will be animated with architectural sculptures and art based light installations leading through to a new public square.
Detailed designs for the public realm are due to be submitted in February 2009, with work on the ground expected to start in autumn 2009. Carillion is being brought in at this early stage to help inform the designs and ensure that they deliverable.
Phase 1 of the Greengate public realm is to be funded by £5.5 million of English Partnerships funding and private sector funding through Section 106 contributions.
Cllr Derek Antrobus, Salford City Council’s lead member for planning, who approved the appointment of the contractors, said: "This is a clear vote of confidence by the public sector in the future of this area. The public sector continues to plan for growth and prosperity and to move forward despite the challenges posed by current economic circumstances.
"Apart from the immediate economic benefits of this investment, it will ensure that development can move ahead swiftly when the property market picks up. There is a clear long-term commitment by developers in this area who recognise that its location at the heart of the regional centre guarantees the success of investments."
Added Chris Farrow, Chief Executive of Central Salford URC who are leading on the Greengate scheme: "Greengate is at the core of our vision for Central Salford and I am delighted with the ongoing commitment and support for the scheme by both our public and private sector partners. The public realm is a vital part of the Greengate scheme and this investment marks an important step forward for the project and our ambition to make Central Salford a beautiful, vibrant and prosperous part of the Regional Centre.”
Rob Coupe, Carillion Civil Engineering Regional Director said: "Carillion is delighted to have won this project which will have a positive impact on the area.”
Source: Salford City Council