Sector - Housing

New Urban Oasis for Manchester

Developer Salboy, along with its contracting arm Domis, have started the construction of a new 500 home urban village on the edge of Manchester.

The new £120 million development is being built on land bounded by the River Irwell which is the former site of Manchester Racecourse and latterly used as the University of Salford student village.

Designed by Calderpeel Architects, the contemporary housing will be arranged in neighbourly courtyards with a central village green, which will provide more than three acres of landscaped open space for residents. As well as this there will also be toddler and junior play areas. There will be an emphasis on walking and cycling rather than cars, as Manchester City Centre is only a short 15-minute bike ride away and can also be easily accessed by public transport.

The first phase will see 157 family homes developed, offering 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom options. The UK Government’s Help to Buy Scheme will also be available here and the homes are expected to be completed by Spring 2021.

Simon Ismail, co-founder of Salboy, said: “This is a location with huge personal history to us both and we want to create a very special place to live.

“It will be a place for people who work in the city but want a home to own with more space to enjoy and nature on the doorstep.

“It is exciting to be releasing the first homes for sale and being able to share the vision of Castle Irwell and for people to be able to be part of the next stage of its history.”

The site’s only remaining building – the locally listed Turnstile Building on Cromwell Road – is being restored and converted to create a spacious marketing suite and buyers will be allocated personal appointments to view the site plan and many different house options while learning more about the history of the site.

The first reservations are now being taken with 20 properties reserved within the first week of the on-line launch.

Simon added: “Few people realise that there is the natural diversity and wildlife of the urban wetlands and the woods of Kersal Vale so close to the economic centres of Salford and Manchester.

“Castle Irwell will be a contemporary new village, well designed, high quality housing where as much thought has been given to the surroundings and how people want to live now as the house design, with flexible space inside and lots of green space outside.

“This type of housing so close to the city centre will allow young professionals to move out a little bit and put down roots and start a family in lovely surroundings without having to compromise with a massive commute.”

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