Greengate Embankment office plans submitted

Posted on by John Cronin

A planning application for office blocks at the Greengate Embankment scheme in Salford has been submitted.

greengate embankmentConstruction company Ask Developments, working in partnership with land owners Network Rail, has submitted a planning application for full permission for a 10-storey office block and outline permission for a 9-storey office block. The application is also for listed building consent for the partial demolition of a railway viaduct.

The offices are the 1st phase of the proposed Greengate Embankment (pictured) development, a mixed-use scheme that will include retail space, leisure units and a car park that has already been pre-let to Q-Park.

The 10-storey office building will offer 196,000 sq ft of floor space and will be named 101 Embankment. Salford City Council has agreed to guarantee 50% of the rent for a period of 10 years even though it does not plan to occupy the offices.

Alan Burke, director at Ask Developments, says: “The continued strength of the occupier market in [Manchester] and the lack of new Grade A space available from 2013 gives us confidence that now is the right time to be planning speculative development”.

Phase 1 of the scheme is a business district to be called The Exchange. Predominately consisting of office accommodation along with street level retail units, the area will offer approximately 400,000 sq ft of Grade A office floor space. The site used to be the former Exchange railway station that once had the longest platform in the world.

The North West Development Agency has previously contributed almost £5m to fund public realm improvements at the brownfield site that covers some 13 hectares.

Architects for the scheme are BFLS London.

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