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Greengate public spaces, Salford by Whitelaw Turkington and Arup

Whitelaw Turkington and Arup have had designs approved for two new public spaces at Greengate in Central Salford

These new spaces will link Manchester Cathedral Quarter with a new 13-hectare, mixed-use development. A new public square, animated by water features and sculptural Beacon Towers, together with a new bridge across the River Irwell are all part of a unique public realm design that will establish Greengate as a new city centre destination.
Just minutes from Victoria Station and the commercial heart of Manchester, Greengate will be home to 2,500 residential units and over 85,000m² of commercial floor space. Greengate is expected to attract over £580m of private sector investment.

The public realm team submitted a planning application in March 2009 with work on the ground starting in 2010. The project is being delivered by Central Salford URC and Salford City Council, working alongside its development partner, ASK Developments.

Nik Puttnam, Senior Development Manager for Central Salford URC, said: ‘Greengate is a substantial mixed-use development opportunity linked by a major new piece of public realm which has enormous potential significance and benefit to Salford and will accommodate the westward growth of City Region Centre’s corporate development.

‘The delivery of this high quality public realm scheme, designed by Whitelaw & Turkington, will provide the centre piece and new gateway to Salford. Greengate will provide a catalyst for the effective regeneration of the Chapel Street corridor. The first phases of the public realm are due to start on site in summer 2010.’

Readers' comments (4)

  • Mmmm. Slight misnomer methinks. Greengate and nary a tree or plant in sight. WT need to get out more.

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  • sexy name, but what exactly is it?!

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  • The tree avenues work well in enhancing the sensual lines of the design.

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  • No need to be snarky. Greengate is the present name of the street forming the spine of the project, but then you'd have to be familiar with the area to know that.

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