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For our proposals to become a success, we must consider how our development fits with the local area to ensure the scheme complements its surroundings.


Considerations about how vital infrastructure will adapt to the increase in population are essential for ensuring the scheme works not just for new residents but existing residents too. As such, we have considered the impact of Cotton Quay on local highways, public transport, schools, health services and the environment below.

Access & highways

Cotton Quay is a highly sustainable site due to its proximity to local services and public transport links. For example, it will take just five minutes to walk from the far end of Cotton Quay to Salford Quays Metrolink stop, where services run every six minutes towards Manchester, MediaCity, Eccles and beyond. A network of footpaths around the Quays and along the canals provide well-used cycle and walking routes, with Media City just a 15-minute walk from Cotton Quay and well-used paths leading toward Manchester City Centre.


The volume of traffic generated by residents and guests at Cotton Quay will be comparable to that of when the site was previously occupied by five office complexes. As such, the plans will have a negligible impact on local roads, and may have a smaller impact on congestion during peak time hours.

Crime & anti-social behaviour

With up to 1,500 new homes, two hotels, ground floor commercial space and community facilities planned for this site, the development team is conscious of the need to ensure that all residents and visitors have a pleasant and safe experience at Cotton Quay. As such, an Estate Management Company will be on-hand to ensure that any behavior that could be considered inappropriate or criminal will not be tolerated.


Further information will be included in the Development Management Plan submitted as part of the planning application for Cotton Quay.

Design & layout

The design of each building has been carefully considered to complement the site’s surroundings and history whilst delivering a cohesive development that is not over-complicated.


The proposed buildings along the southern promenade are low-rise, with architecture that is based on wharf buildings, featuring distinctive large windows and angled roofs. These proposed buildings will reflect the character of Merchants Quays situated on the opposite side of the basins.


Buildings lining the northern quayside and central pier will incorporate industrial design that complements Salford’s history. Here, a range of façade materials will be used to present a varied industrial aesthetic. The height and massing of buildings gradually increases across this area based on the growing distance between these buildings and Merchants Quay.


The two ‘gem’ buildings, located on the protruding piers, will feature distinctive façade treatments designed to add interest and colour to the scheme. Whilst these buildings are low-rise, their distinctive designs and materials will create a ‘gem’ effect when viewed against a backdrop of industrial-style residential units characterised by more neutral, hard-wearing façades. At the main western waterfront, located at the end of the pier furthest from the Salford Quays Metrolink station, two landmark tall buildings of 37 and 48 storeys are proposed.


Our design seek to deliver a scheme that works harmoniously, with points of interest scattered throughout and an overall industrial and wharf aesthetic that perfectly complements the site’s present and past.


Waterfront Quay is currently an under-used brownfield site which offers little ecological benefit. Our proposals will enhance the site’s ecology by retaining existing trees and adding new green spaces across the scheme.


Our plans include floating gardens, unique ‘rain gardens’ which will utilise the rainwater that falls from buildings and two further residents’ gardens. Streets and pavements will be lined with new trees, plants and landscaping. These features will enhance the biodiversity of the site and provide new natural habitats, particularly for birds, bees and insects.


An Environmental Impact Assessment identifying any protected species present at the site will be submitted as part of the planning application, and measures taken to protect these species taken, if required.


The scheme has been designed with input from a number of technical specialists to ensure that the proposals do not result in any significant environmental effects.


An Environmental Statement will be submitted with the planning application which will consider the impact of the development on a range of key environmental / amenity-based considerations. These will include an assessment of sunlight and daylight impacts, wind microclimate, flood risk and noise.