Middlewood Locks RMA submitted
Middlewood Locks Phase 1 Reserved Matters application submission coincided with President Xi Jinping’s visit to Manchester as part of a four-day visit to Britain. Following hot on the heels of the announcement that Xinjiang-based Hualing Industry and Trade group have pledged to invest in the Scarborough Group scheme, it was also reported during the Chinese State visit that Beijing Construction and Engineering Group have been selected as preferred contractor.
Construction of the first phase of Middlewood Locks, which includes 550 new homes, commercial space and extensive public realm designed by Planit-IE, will start in early 2016.
P-IE worked with WCEC Architects to develop public realm proposals for Plots F, I, J and O. The latter of these is a purely landscape plot, incorporating the restored Manchester Bury Bolton Canal locks and establishing the development’s green spine. The landscape proposals put the ‘wood back into Middlewood’ and designs link to the site’s industrial heritage through material selection and usage.
Middlewood Locks forms an important gateway link between Salford and Manchester city centres. The development creates a new neighbourhood that will eventually bring 2,000 new homes to an area that has been vacant of significant residential uses since the turn of the 20th century.