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Greengate Office Block Gets Green Light

200,000 sq ft Ask scheme passed by council

Written by . Published on September 16th 2011.


Greengate Office Block Gets Green Light

Plans to revamp the area where the city centre meets Salford have been given the go-ahead as Salford City Council approved plans for a new business centre adjacent to Victoria station. 

Embankment Greengate, which will house a 200,000 sq ft office building and a 445 space multi-storey car park, is a joint venture between Ask Developments and Network Rail on the northern bank of the River Irwell, currently used as a car park.

“The continued strength of the occupier market in the city centre and the lack of new Grade A space means now is the right time to be planning speculative development." 

The first phase of the development will be the office building, dubbed 101 Embankment, which will be available for occupation in Spring 2014. Work has already begun on the public realm, with public spaces slated to open next Spring.

The number of people using Manchester Victoria is set to double by 2019, according to Network Rail. Director of property David Biggs said: “Network Rail’s plans for investment at the station will help stimulate the requirement for high-quality commercial office space in the heart of the city.” 

Alan Burke, director at Ask Developments, said: “The continued strength of the occupier market in the city centre and the lack of new Grade A space likely to be available in 2013/14 gives both Salford City Council and ourselves the confidence that now is the right time to be planning speculative development.

“We are working closely with Salford City Council and Network Rail to deliver our joint ambitions for this landmark site.”

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

SquirrelitoSeptember 16th 2011.

Ohhhh, they are stumpy, grim little things. What a shame.

Tom HilesSeptember 16th 2011.

I like the buildings - however the concept art is misleading and contradicts the text of the proposal (and this article). How about some designs of the first tower and the MSCP, which is what has actually just been approved? I think that there might have been much more casual opposition if people had seen concepts for what is actually going to get built.

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Kieran GeogheganNovember 17th 2011.

The plan is to build the 1st block and then later the 2nd. It's as simple as that.

Calum McGSeptember 20th 2011.

I don't know if that's the final design of the (two?) towers but what horrid little buildings :( Shame on SCC for approving such crap. If you're going to invest all that money in building two towers... why not build something a bit bigger - or one much bigger one? These look like something from somewhere like a new town or a business park. Hardly world class architecture... what a wasted opportunity! @ Tom - if the above pic is totally wrong, I'd love also to see the approved designs - and hope the office building is a bit better than the above...

Kevin PeelSeptember 21st 2011.

I was excited about the plans for this area until I saw these buildings. I hope these are just frame fillers and the real buildings are yet to be designed as they are so ugly.

Kieran GeogheganNovember 17th 2011.

Im vaguely working on this development and can tell you the current plans are as pictured, ie these two buildings on top of a (hidden) multi-storey car park.
IMHO it does look rather stale in that picture so can't see how it will create a dynamic, multi-purpose space to go 'up' to! Maybe the architects will at least change the colour from black...

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