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NEW: Largest Residential Development In NW

X1 MediaCity will provide 1,036 apartments and 22,700sqft of commercial space for Salford Quays

Written by . Published on October 28th 2014.


NEW: Largest Residential Development In NW
 

PLANNING permission has been granted for X1 MediaCity - the largest residential development in the North West.

"Since launching our first joint venture with X1 Developments back in 2012, we have sold out eight sites and demand for X1 projects is extremely high."

With 1,036 apartments and over 22,700sqft of commerical space, the four new towers will transform the Salford Quays skyline. They will be located adjacent to the Harbour City Metrolink stop.

Building by Vermont CL on the new £200 million development, launched this month by Salford-based property investment company Knight Knox International in a joint-venture scheme with X1 Developments, is expected to start in February 2015.

The four 27-storey towers will be comprise a mix of studios, one, two and three bed apartments starting from £94,950 during phase one.

The first and second floors will be made available to commercial and retail units as well as providing a gym and cinema for residents.

X1 MediaCity - PenthouseX1 MediaCity - Penthouse

Having already launched previous X1 projects in the area, including X1 Salford Quays Phases one, two and three, Knight Knox International has been preparing the latest project for some time. Head of Marketing for Knight Knox, Samantha Jones, said:

“Investor appetite has grown in line with confidence in the UK buy-to-let market, and we have seen heightened interest in the local market over the past eighteen months. Since launching our first joint venture with X1 Developments back in 2012, we have sold out eight sites and demand for X1 projects is extremely high." 

Working in joint ventures since 2012, the two companies have launched fifteen residential and student accommodation developments onto the UK market including X1 Town Hall at the former Salford Town Hall, and X1 Chapel Street.

www.knightknox.com

X1 MediaCityX1 MediaCity

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62 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Awww...that's nice. Salfords getting its flats back. This time with more glass and for a different price bracket and demographic.

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AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Good.

Poster BoyOctober 28th 2014.

The return of the Wild West...

SteveOctober 28th 2014.

Boring!

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Calum McGOctober 28th 2014.

I like em. SQ needs far more development. It's sparse and has a lot of crap 80s architecture. These towers are much more fitting for a new development. They're very Beethamish. Love them; shame they're not taller :P

ShyBaldBuddhistOctober 28th 2014.

That was my thought. I wish they were a lot taller. I'm eager to have some skyscrapers, something that will dwarf the Beetham Tower.

Mark FullerOctober 28th 2014.

Yes I'd prefer just one 1000ft. plus skyscraper, instead of 4 stumps. But I'm optimistic that this quite interesting development will be a catalyst for more exciting things to come.

EdwardOctober 28th 2014.

The stripe to window ratio is not too bad.

Phil MurphyOctober 28th 2014.

We will stare in awe at the amazing stripey cladding, and the trams that run on grass. Stunningly original.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Great news for overseas property investors,seriously doubt any going to many british families living there.

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AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

It isn't designed for families and is the wrong location for families.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

It's a perfect location for families actually,near water,,trams,,within walking distance work and shops.But oh no we don't want any kids there,spoiling it for your middle aged single types.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

There is total social disconnection between architects,developers and Young families.These people are divorced from ordinary family life and so create property totally unsuitable for young families and only for themselves and overseas client of buy to let investors. If you keep building property like this,there will be no families,with the long term consequence of reduced birth rate,and eventually less and less of a native born population.Manchester and Salford need more housing to attract and keep families but we are getting the opposite.

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CruftOctober 28th 2014.

Wow. I presume you're excluding the many architects and developers who ARE building family houses for some logical reason? Because there are plenty of them, and contrary to your post they're busy building family houses in lots of places in and around Manchester. They just don't get much news coverage.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

There is planety of fmaily housing available, this isn't the location for more.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Why is it not the location?.Is media city full of singles or divorced people?.Would not families like to live near water and work,or should they be pushed out to the suburbs?.Go to France or Europe and other countries that do have the continental lifestyle developers are always claiming to be bringing to the city and you see families living in the heart of cities.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

This isn't in the heart of city, it's among office blocks next to a tram track, family housing would be out of place in this location, it's suited to this sort of development, there are houses near the water, which is fine. Do you have any clue where this is?

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Yes I do,I don't want to live in place where you just have people similar age or marital status.Its like older people choosing to live in gated retirement apartments,it leads to people increasingly havering no contact with people different themselves and is not good for society.

Ghostly TomOctober 28th 2014.

Salford Quays is not the place for family housing. It's the centre of Manchester/Salford's amazingly successful media industry. Land prices here would preclude family houses with gardens. I bet the developers regret building the ones that are there already. These apartments will be perfect for the people in this industry. Apparently there's a shortage of this kind of accommodation in the city. Family houses are being built in the suburbs. And don't children live in apartments in cities like Paris and New York? Families live in the hearts of those cities but not in houses.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Media workers keep the wife and kids in London and get yourself one these apartment and live the single life.

Calum McGOctober 28th 2014.

How patronising to suggest families should not live in SQ. Wow.

rinkydinkOctober 28th 2014.

It's perfect for families. Some absolute dunces on here

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

^ says you Rinky LOL.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Do architects have kids,at least ones that live with them,not living with ex wife?.Since they never develop property aimed at them just singles or childless couples.I would bet the percentage of children living in all these devolopments is tiny,compared to your typical street in the suburbs.

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AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Yes it would be, obviously.

CruftOctober 28th 2014.

What absolute bollocks you are talking. Who do you think designs and builds family houses, which make up the majority of new build residential? The answer is architects and developers.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Not in the city centre

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

This looks good.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

People with kids are well catered for in Wilmslow, Didsbury and Chorlton etc. Can't there be one bastion of the city where entitled Mummies with Buggies roam the streets complaining about noise?

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

I don't want any kids or olds folks spoiling my young ,hipster lifestyle.Cannot they all be put in Didsbury out of sight.Dogs and pets are ok but not screaming kids.

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AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Keep your "Staffies" in Gorton, thank you very much. I don't want to tread on dog muck on my way to Damson.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Amazing how many supposedly liberal and enlightened city centre dwellers want to live in a fantasy world without the presence of families and children.These really are the children of Thatcher with her statement there is no such thing as society.

Calum McGOctober 28th 2014.

I'm a child of Thatcher and quite would quite happily live amongst families and kids. It's sad that many couples cannot remain in the centre (but want to) after having kids - due to the lack of larger flats. Luckily the market is changing... e.g. new townhouses on Ellesmere St, and longer term the new St John's Quarter. Long way to go before we have true city centre living like in Europe... where of course they have done it for decades. The city centre population in Mcr is relatively new. (I studied it for uni... there were only about 1000 residents at the start of the 90s). Things will (slowly) improve.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

I'm not sure why people are saying that these are not suitable for children. In many countries across the world families live successfully in high rise apartment blocks. Who could afford to live in a house in the likes of Hong Kong, New York, or even closer to home such as Paris or Barcelona. It works everywhere else, why not here? Will those people saying you can't have children in these towers enlighten us as to why not?

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AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

People are happy to trade-off the lack of space in cities like New York and Hong Kong for access to jobs and amenities that they simply wouldn't otherwise have, or be able to afford to have. It's a simple equation of costs and benefits. Here housing and commuting in from distance is still a viable option meaning you get more for your money the further out you live, generally speaking. Hence the market for family sized flats is still relatively small. Plus we have a very powerful house building lobby that exerts great pressure on government to endure planning policy allows greenfield development, hence our towns and cities tend to sprawl outwards rather than upwards and those flats that are built are generally small, poorly built and designed for investors / short term renters rather than owner occupation.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

What this also means is our towns and cities are relatively lifeless, commuting is hellish and people from different social and income groups are much more segregated with all the social and environmental problems this brings.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Commuting is hellish? My 25 minutes train journey is fine. Far quicker than a car journey, plsu I get to sit next to fit women.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

No balconies? Do these flats have storage? Are the bedrooms big enough to have an averages sized bed and wardrobe in it? Will they have adequate sound insulation? Is it secure? Does the design of internal communal spaces help or hinder the creation of a community? If the answer to any of these questions is 'no' then I we won't see people staying here long term and putting down roots and the buildings will not be sustainable.

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AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

I have yet to see any of the balconies on apartments in Manchester to ever be used, except for storing a load of crap. Storage in most apartments is limited, it is one of the compromises that you make when you chose to live in one, no shed or loft to store rubbish that you will never use, just chuck it out. Most apartments have built in wardrobes these days, and I have yet to view an apartment with no room for an average size bed. I think you are exaggerating if you are implying that you can't. Regulations relating to sound insulation are better than ever, better than your average semi detached. The security appears to be at least as good as that relating to a house, I don't know what more they could do. I have lived in traditional houses built in the 50's where there was no community feel, and am now in an apartment where I know most of my neighbours. Forced community never works, neighbours either get on or keep themselves to themselves, either way, it's their choice. No they wont suit everyone, but nowhere ever will.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

What I have listed are basic human needs. Most buy-to-let units built in the last few years are cheaply built tat, designed for transitory tenants rather than living in long term. Those apartment schemes that people are happy to live in long term are in the minority sadly because of the way schemes like this are financed. I'm not saying that this will be as bad, just that a scheme with no balconies does not suggest it is designed with people's long term needs in mind.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

I live in the suburbs...YAY ME :)

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Toys for the boys.All these thrusting phallic towers.The product of male dominated professions that pay little heed to women.This is architecture and development that has no interest in what women would want with regards to living accommodation.

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AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Exactly. They're like big Willy's plunging into Mother Earth! The architects are an insult to me!

AnonymousOctober 29th 2014.

Maybe everyone is just obsessed with their genitals. Female architect, Zaha Hadid produced a design for the Al Wakrah World Cup stadium in Qatar that looks suspiciously like... well you be the judge (google it).

GomezOctober 29th 2014.

Really, Anon#1? Do women not want walls, a roof, windows and doors? Please do elaborate on how flats like these are designed to suit men to the detriment of women.

Ghostly TomOctober 29th 2014.

Economics dictates the building of tall towers not the sex of the architect.

AnonymousOctober 29th 2014.

Anon#1 I have wracked my brain trying to think of what women would need that men don't. Please enlighten us as to what they require that men can do without. Your statement indicates you are bigoted and sexist, suggesting womens needs are different to mens. The past two years more women qualified as architects than men, yes they are in the minority, but that is changing. Are you suggesting that these women do not design high rise buildings? If economics dictate that the building needs to be high, then of course they will!

AnonymousOctober 29th 2014.

Jellyfish?

Ghostly TomOctober 29th 2014.

I've been in a couple of apartments where the bathroom contains an urinal as well as the usual facilities. And a good idea it was too I thought. But they are very rare. Apart from that I can't think of a single thing that would make an apartment male orientated. Transporter to pub maybe? View of Old Trafford/Etihad possibly?

ToadstoolOctober 29th 2014.

If anything, I'd say your average modern pokey apartment is actually better suited to women than to men, due to the small design of everything. As a 6 foot 2 man, my experience is that these places are often uncomfortably 'compact' - the furniture (when furnished) is too small, there's little room to stretch out, and so on. So implying that apartments are only designed to suit men is way off the mark. But then some people are able to find discrimination in absolutely everything.

AnonymousOctober 29th 2014.

No balcony?

Paul SmithOctober 29th 2014.

The provision of so many new homes demonstrates that property continues to be a wise investment. The value of new homes is likely to be maintained and investors should continue to look at bricks and mortar.

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Paul SmithOctober 29th 2014.

Just one more thing... This is very good news for buy-to-let investors. As this article from Robert Holmes & Co (www.robertholmes.co.uk/…/london-s-prime-rental-rates-soar-past-credit-crunch-levels…) points out, rental rates are now well past credit crunch levels

Poster BoyOctober 31st 2014.

Of course. What could possibly go wrong...?

AnonymousOctober 30th 2014.

Some crap being talked on here!

CoryBOctober 30th 2014.

They look great, however i do wonder if there really is a need for 1000+ more apartments in Salford Quays at the moment...

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Kevin BelshamNovember 1st 2014.

Maybe not , but X1 have been granted planning permission to build 4 Tower Blocks of approx 250 Apartments . They are going to phase the build . They are currently marketing Tower 1 and once enough Investors have signed up they will start the build . They estimate that build will start in Feb 2015 . If the Investor demand is not there for 1000 Apartments they may not build all 4 Towers .

AnonymousDecember 18th 2014.

Most of them have gone already. I see that there is a dreary 18 storey horror being built at the Theatre Royal site. Another wasted opportunity and a lack of ambition for the city centre. London gets the Shard. We get Basildon civic centre.

AnonymousNovember 17th 2014.

They are awesome. Shame they are not in the city centre. Simple and symetrical works every time.

FinoulaDecember 19th 2014.

I do wonder why ManCon haven't publicised the refurbishment of the Dock House into new apartments. Maybe they aren't advertising with them? It's still news though...

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ShyBaldBuddhistDecember 19th 2014.

They did mention it on here a while back. I remember reading the article.

FinoulaDecember 23rd 2014.

Can't find it anywhere.

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