The English Cities Fund’s partnership with Salford City Council is transforming this historic city. Together, the fund and the council have assembled a 50-acre, isolated site across the River Irwell from Manchester city centre and turned it into a dynamic destination in its own right, loved by the people who live and work there.
The 12-phase, £650 million project is delivering a new commercial and leisure district at New Bailey, adjacent to Salford Central station and close to Manchester’s Spinningfields, keeping the place buzzing day and night. 849 high-quality homes have also been built as part of an inspiring new community in the Chapel Street district.
The scheme has become an engine of growth and renewal for Salford. Among the first organisations to call New Bailey home are Magic Circle law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, HM Revenue and Customs and wealth management business WHIreland. The development has delivered one of the North West’s first institutionally funded build-to-rent schemes – the Slate Yard. Chapel Street, once an area of vacant shops and low investment, is now a vibrant urban village.
Backed by a bold vision of what the city could offer, some clever design ideas and a strong, long-term partnership, central Salford is once again an enterprising place which is attracting other investors. Even the car park is award winning.
"Success breeds success and Salford Central has started a chain reaction of investment and development into our city. The River Irwell used to be a barrier – now it’s a gateway."
Jim Taylor, chief executive of Salford City Council