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Rival schemes set to square up in Salford regeneration battle

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Two massive projects aimed at kick-starting regeneration in a swath of Salford are to fight it out before planners. The schemes - by AEW Architects and Arca Architects - are going head to head for the 'Greengate site' on the border with North Manchester.

Planners will have to decide between the two applications, which are being drawn up respectively for developers Oakglade Property and BSC - the site's latest landowner.

The AEW scheme has outline planning and the practice is responding to reserved matters; while Arca is at the early stages of the design process, aiming to file a planning application within the next few months.

If it gets the go ahead, AEW's proposal will see the construction of a mixed-use project with three separate towers. The project will also include a new public square and residential elements.

There is less clarity about Arca's plans. Speculation is rife that its designs include a 60-storey tower, which would become the tallest residential building in Britain. It is also understood that the project may include up to 1,000 one- and two-bedroom apartments and a wind turbine.

Both practices remain tightlipped about the race to build on the site. Arca boss John Lee would only say that his practice would 'soon have a scheme worth showing to the public', while AEW's Stephen Anderson said he was hopeful his scheme would get the go ahead.

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