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OMI bags go-ahead for brick tower scheme

Salford City Council has approved this 327-home scheme in Sillavan Way by Manchester’s OMI Architects

Clad in brick, the project varies in height from six to 17 storeys and replaces a previous proposal by Leach Rhodes Walker for a 26-storey tower on the ‘eyesore’ plot which has been vacant for several years..

The first phase of the scheme is due to complete in 2013.

OMI's Sillavan Way scheme in Salford - elevation A

OMI’s Sillavan Way scheme in Salford - elevation A

The architect’s view

Nick Berry, OMI Architects
‘Our Sillavan Way scheme offers a refreshingly new approach to living in the city. It’s driven by the desire to instil a real sense of place and positive street scene where a new community can quickly establish itself and hopefully contribute to the wider regeneration of this part of Salford.  It reflects our practice’s humanist approach as well as our holistic take on sustainability issues. 
‘The site is just around the corner from our studios, next to our local, the Kings Arms on Bloom Street - Salford’s best pub.‘Since moving to this part of Salford nearly ten year’s ago we have been lucky enough to reshape the place with many of our own buildings including our own offices, more than 500 apartments (Spectrum Apartment Building) and a new church.  It is also heartening to see schemes of this scale progressing beyond planning and we should be on site in a month or so’s time.’    

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