Construction gets under way at Anchorage Gateway residential site in Manchester

Construction is now under way at the Anchorage Gateway residential development site in Salford Quays, Manchester.

A piling drill is in place and preliminary groundworks have commenced, marking the first steps in what will be an exciting and challenging construction process.

Developer Cole Waterhouse agreed a funding package with Octopus Real Estate to acquire the 0.5-hectare site in April, clearing the way for construction of the environmentally sustainable scheme, which will deliver 290 new apartments.

Located on the corner of The Quay and Anchorage Quay, the 23,285m², 29-storey building, designed by Chapman Taylor, received full planning approval from Salford City Council in October 2020.

The building will deliver a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments across 27 levels above the ground and mezzanine floors. The design also creates 372m² of commercial space, two shared residential landscaped terraces on both the mezzanine and level 19, a feature ground floor staircase and rooftop penthouse apartments that have extensive private terraces.

The regular, elegant form of the plan steps in its massing at the 20th storey, with the slimmer plane extending to the top. Each building "blade" is topped by an architectural “crown”, within which external terraces will provide pleasant outdoor spaces for the warmer months, including a residents’ rooftop garden with dramatic views over Salford Quays and the Manchester skyline.

The L-shaped building footprint maximises the opportunity for active street frontage, helping to foster a vibrant scene at street level. This will help improve the pedestrian experience of the site, which is used by workers, residents and visitors due to the nearby Metrolink tram stop. The development also provides cycle storage facilities and a convenience store for the benefit of Anchorage Gateway residents and people from the wider area.

As part of its commitment to the area, Cole Waterhouse will pay a total of £1.3m towards local projects, including improvements to Ordsall Park, Monmouth Park and Montford Street Park and access or infrastructure works at Weaste Cemetery.

The delivery team includes WSP|Indigo Planning, structural engineers Renaissance, M&E contractors Novo, landscape architects Exterior Architecture and project managers/quantity surveyors Henry Riley, with legal advice from Ward Hadaway.

Anchorage Gateway is the latest development in Chapman Taylor's growing residential portfolio across the UK, which has seen several schemes already handed over and fully occupied. We also have thousands more homes under construction, with many more in the pipeline.

Michael Swiszczowski (BA(Hons), MArch, ADPPA, ARB, RIBA)

Director, UK

Michael joined Chapman Taylor in 2016 to strengthen the practice’s residential expertise. A key member of the Manchester studio’s management team, Michael has a remit to develop and grow the practice’s residential and hospitality sectors across the UK business.

He has experience working on award-winning residential projects, with a particular focus on Build-to-Rent, student accommodation, hotels, serviced apartments and modular construction.

He is an RIBA-elected member of the Regional Council for RIBA North West.

Areas of expertise:

Residential / Build-to-Rent / Student Accommodation / Hotels

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