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Plans finally in for five and six-storey towers after £650,000 Salford Skills Centre sell-off

Plans are now available to view for more flats coming to Salford, near the gasworks and Salford fire station.

Developers are eyeing 91 flats in total in two five and six storey tower blocks at the corner of Liverpool Street and Oldfield Road.

Salford Skills Centre ext CGI KKI

It’s right next to the 2,000 home Middlewood Locks development, which in the coming years will transform the open, partly-derelict feel of this corner of central Salford.

The former Salford Skills Centre was a flat-roofed two-storey building of rather agricultural design.

It was used by the local authority for training days and to run courses to educate young people in the city.


The building itself was dated, unloved and extremely poor on energy efficiency.

It closed and was unused since the mid-2000s.

However this land is going to be valuable in future. Very valuable.

To the right of the picture below will be Middlewood Locks. So you’ll be near neighbours.

Salford Skills Centre overhead

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The Skills Centre closed in 2013 and Salford City Council sold it to buy-to-let property developer Knight Knox, listed under their subsidiary KKI Land Ltd.

Knight Knox have done exceedingly well in the past couple of years from developing little parcels of relatively cheap land in Salford, earmarking them for luxury flats.

In 2015 they started the 539-flat, £75 million Adelphi Wharf buy-to-let development on Silk Street, near Salford University, selling out way ahead of completion.

Derelict car park will be transformed into 539 ‘riverside’ flats

Aldephi Wharf, from Silk Street, Salford

Aldephi Wharf, from Silk Street, Salford

Now the focus is on more residential.

Coda Planning, who’ve had a hand in a fair few major builds in Salford recently, put together the planning application.

20 car parking spaces will be added to what’s already there, making 30, and 36 cycle spaces introduced.

There’ll be 22 one-bed, 65 two-bed and five three-bed flats, with an internal courtyard between Cow Lane and Craven Street.

Salford Skills Centre CGI internal courtyard

Salford City Council accepted the developer’s argument that having 91 flats and only 30 car parking spaces was acceptable: “Given the limited
number of car parking spaces proposed this will naturally restrict the number of private vehicular journeys to and from the development.”

The plans were passed on Monday 11 July after being submitted in September 2015.

Permission will expire for KKI on Thursday 11 July 2019.

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