Scheme to include 1,000 homes in towers up to 25-storeys in height

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Middlewood Locks was approved by Salford council last week

Whittam Cox has been given the green light for the final, 1,000-home phase of a £1bn regeneration project in Salford.

The Middlewood Locks scheme was granted outline planning consent by Salford council’s planning committee last week.

The project, which when complete will consist of around 2,000 homes, is being developed by Fairbriar Developments; a joint venture formed by Scarborough Group International (SGI), Chinese conglomerate the Hualing Group, and Singapore-based Metro Holdings.

Planners granted approval for four remaining undeveloped plots, for up to 1,000 homes in towers up to 25 storeys in height, along with 93,000 sq m of office space, commercial space, bars, infrastructure and car parking.

The development includes substantial public realm, incorporating the waterside setting of the restored Manchester, Bolton and Bury canal.

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The first two phases of the project, delivering 1,117 apartments is already complete and occupied, whereas work is underway on 189 apartments and three and four bedroom-town houses in the project’s third phase.

Paul Kelly, group director at SGI, said: “This updated masterplan delivers against the increasing demand for city living as well as high quality commercial accommodation with a strong balance of public realm and amenity.

“We have and continue to work closely with Salford City Council and other key stakeholders to provide a highly sustainable environment that is accessible to all.”