Construction has started on the public realm element of the £450 million overhaul of Salford Greengate.
Landscape architects Grontmij, formerly known as Whitelaw Turkington has been appointed as lead designer, working with building contractor Carillion, to deliver an urban quarter on the 13 hectare brownfield site on behalf of Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company.
The regeneration scheme will provide a distinctive urban quarter which will rejuvenate and strengthen the surrounding community. The focal point of the scheme will be a public square and a unique 43m slender steel footbridge which will connect Salford to the heart of Manchester’s commercial centre. The public realm scheme, which will take 18 months to deliver, will incorporate a variety of contemporary sculptural beacons and water features, with visual improvements to the River Irwell channel.
Danny Crump from Grontmij Landscape Architecture explains: “We needed to design the space to ensure it would appeal to all ages. The first phase, a two hectare public square will incorporate a rich variety of public artwork and a network of high quality urban spaces which will use seasonal colour to welcome visitors.
“The demolition of the abandoned viaduct has enabled Grontmij Landscape Architecture to create a dramatic urban space, which will ultimately become home to a new community, including residents and major businesses, linking Salford and Manchester.”