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BetFred founder backs 5plus for Salford towers scheme

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Manchester and London-based practice 5Plus has revealed designs for this residential scheme backed by bookmaker-turned-developer Fred Done in his home town of Salford

The £42million Trinity development is earmarked for a 0.6hectare site at the junction of Trinity Way and Blackfriars Road, close to the River Irwell and the Manchester boundary.

The project includes 380 homes, 889m2 of commercial space, and also incorporates a vacant grade II-listed pub - The Black Friar - which would be used for offices and communal facilities, such as a residents’ party room.

The majoity of Trinity’s new homes would be delivered as flats in the upper floors of the scheme’s two towers, which measure 17 and 13 storeys respecrively. However, the development also includes seven townhouses with doors to street-level.

The proposals have now been lodged with Salford City Council planners by Done’s company FICM.

FICM sirector Simon Ismail said the development was at the heart of Salford and would be built and retained by the firm for private rental.

‘It is where we are all from and we all feel a sense of responsibility to create something very special that we can be proud of,’ he said.

‘This will be Fred’s legacy.’

5plus director Jon Matthews said residential design in the North West was entering a new ‘quality driven’ phase and that Trinity was a prime example.

‘As well as incorporating high quality materials, private space, public space and a new lease of life for the Black Friar pub, the development is a piece of urban design,’ he said.

‘There is scale to Trinity Way, a new square and front doors and activity on every street.’

Partner Mike McManus added that the proposals for the site, which currently houses a range of low-rise office and industrial buildings, had taken two years to put together.

Salford is aiming to determine the application in December, and 5plus said work could commence next spring is the scheme is approved.

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