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Coda win approval for 133 flats over three tower blocks on Trafford Road, Salford

Sheffield-based Coda Planning have won planning approval for three stepped tower blocks containing 133 flats on Trafford Road on the border of Ordsall and Salford Quays.

The development, on vacant land between Trafford Road, Archie Street and Elmira Way, will see three towers, eight, 11 and 14-storeys high, with 33 one-bedroom, 97 two-bedroom and three three-bedroom flats.

Coda acted on behalf of KKI Land Ltd, a subsidiary of buy-to-let developers Knight Knox International.

Included in the plans are three ground-floor commercial units totalling 2,000sq ft and facing Trafford Road, along with underground parking for 34 vehicles and a private internal courtyard.

The 0.4-acre site, across the street from Ordsall Fit City, is an “attractive quayside setting,” say Coda, “but the area is blighted by numerous vacant and derelict sites. Currently the site is vacant, predominantly comprising of overgrown scrubland with advertising hoardings running along its western boundary.”

Planning documents state the building “is intended to become a gateway building leading into Salford Quays from the North…and will positively contribute to the emerging character and ambitions of this key location in Salford Quays.”

“These three new blocks will have a major impact of the ongoing transformation of the Salford area, delivering 133 apartments as well as ground floor employment space,” said Adam Murray, director of Coda Planning.

“The proximity of the development to both Salford Quays and Media City means there is already enormous interest and the forward thinking designs created by the architects at Coda Studios will have a great impact on the location.

“Much of the work we do at Coda is about urban regeneration and this is another outstanding example of the company’s approach to creating exciting spaces for living and working in the 21st century.

“It has been an especial pleasure for us to work with Urban Vision, who provide planning services for Salford Council and who have been extremely supportive at every stage of the planning process, looking for solutions rather than problems.”

Knight Knox already have several major building projects underway in Salford, including the X1 Exchange, a 10-storey, 140 apartment block on Trafford Road which won planning approval in June 2015.

Coda Planning are also expected to lodge a planning application on behalf of KKI Land Ltd for 95 flats at the former Salford Work Skills centre, near Middlewood Locks on Liverpool Street.

The building was sold off in February 2015 by Salford City Council for £650,000.

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