The University of Salford and Salford City Council have released preliminary details of a potential £800m masterplan to transform the University’s campus and surrounding area.

Designed by 5plus Architects it identifies a 244 acre site with three ‘zones’ of investment: the Adelphi and Crescent neighbourhood; Peel Park and Frederick Road (Main University Campus); and the Frederick Road North Industrial area

Overall, the University’s estate extends north and south of the historic area, The Crescent, taking in the listed elements of the Museum & Art Gallery, to Salford Crescent station and includes green spaces at the Meadows, Peel Park and the David Lewis Sports Ground.

Proposals include:

• 1m sq ft of new educational floorspace for the University

• An estimated 1.6m sq ft of commercial floorspace targeted at industrial growth sectors, including digital and creative, sport and health

• Around 2m sq ft of public realm, green landscaped routes, 5 miles of running tracks and 1.5 miles of new cycleways

• 1,000 additional trees to be planted around Peel Park and along the A6

• 2,500 new homes and apartments

• A new hotel and conferencing suite

• A new school

• 2,000 parking spaces

Helen Marshall, Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford, said: “These exciting plans for The Crescent represent the next step of a journey that started with the construction of the first of our university buildings – the Peel Building – in 1896

The University, the council, and 5plus are due to release further details of the masterplan at next week’s MIPIM property conference in Cannes.

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