Salford public space improvements unveiled

20 August 2010

The first phase of improvements to the public spaces at Chapel Street in Salford have been unveiled.

Urban Vision – Capita Symonds’ partnership with Salford City Council – is providing, landscape design, engineering design, street lighting and clerk of works services on the scheme which has created and revitalised green walkways and spaces adjacent the Chapel Street corridor, including Bexley Square, and the walkways and gardens to the west of the historic Salford Cathedral.

To celebrate the completion of the first phase guests from the Chapel Street neighbourhood joined members of the wider Salford community and representatives from the Diocese of Salford, Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company (CSURC), Salford City Council (SCC), lead development partner English Cities Fund (ECF) and Urban Vision at an afternoon tea party in the new grounds of Salford Cathedral.

The project forms part of ‘The Green and Walkable Street’ programme which is being delivered by CSURC in partnership with SCC to bridge the gap between the smaller, neighbourhood environmental improvements being undertaken with local communities, and the large-scale public realm and infrastructure projects such as Chapel Street, Greengate and Quays Gateway.

The vision for Chapel Street, which is one of the most important projects in Central Salford, is to create a unique destination at the heart of the city region by revitalising the historic core of the city, linking the University of Salford to a new Corporate Centre around Salford Central station.

This vision is underpinned by plans to calm the A6 corridor, reduce traffic volume, support high quality public transport linkages and create a high quality environment. This will complement the English Cities Fund’s proposals to create a new sustainable destination comprising of residential, commercial, leisure, hotel and retail developments alongside existing and new creative industries and established homes and businesses.

The final scheme will generate some 11,000 jobs, 220,000sqm of commercial floor space for office, retail, and leisure development, 849 homes and 390 hotel rooms.

In February 2010 NWDA/ ERDF funding was secured to start the vital highway and public realm improvement works along the A6, which have now started on site and are due to be completed late 2011. Salford City Council formally approved English Cities Fund’s planning application for the Chapel Street area in January 2010.

Lead Designer Daniel Sterry, Senior Landscape Architect at Urban Vision, said: “Working with the URC in developing and revitalising these forgotten spaces has been both exciting and challenging and ultimately extremely rewarding. The Chapel Street area now boasts spaces that offer both dynamic and stylised designs that are sympathetic to its immediate environment and historic setting that can be enjoyed by local communities and be a destination for visitors. The Green and Walkable Streets illustrate the level of detail, materials and high level of quality that is to be progressed to the wider Chapel Street area.”