Progressive puts faith in co-living with 41-storey Salford tower
The developer has lodged proposals for a residential scheme featuring 568 homes in the city’s burgeoning Greengate district, while the hotel that was originally part of the scheme has been omitted.
Progressive Living’s long-awaited scheme will see a narrow site off Gorton Street redeveloped into a 41-storey co-living tower, under proposals submitted to Salford City Council.
The latest iteration of the scheme is five storeys taller than the scheme Progressive consulted on in 2021 and that is not the only change that has been made.
In the works since before the pandemic, Progressive’s Gorton Street proposals were originally for a 36-storey tower with a 50/50 co-living and hotel split.
However, market sentiment has prompted the developer to put all its eggs in the co-living basket, director David Fairclough told Place North West.
“We have been working on proposals for this site for some time now and are excited to finally share this high-quality development,” Fairclough said.
“We believe it will create a vibrant community through the array of communal spaces available to residents and promote wellbeing through its focus on lifestyle amenities. The scheme’s co-living offer will complement the mainly BTR tenure of adjacent towers in Greengate and bring a more affordable entry into city centre living.”
Progressive said talks with a funding partner and co-living operator are at an advanced stage and that a start on site is planned for spring 2024.
Fairclough added: “Currently being used as a surface-level car park, our vision for Gorton Street presents an opportunity to redevelop a forgotten pocket of land in a way that will positively contribute to Salford’s wider regeneration strategy for the Greengate area and deliver sought-after co-living accommodation that will provide quality, affordable places to live for young professionals.”
Designed by BDP, the project would see the creation of a building given over solely to co-living, an emerging residential product that places an emphasis on shared amenities rather than private living space.
The building includes four floors of amenity space that offer residents lounges, a cinema room, games room and makers space, communal cooking and dining areas, a gym and wellness centre, co-working spaces and meeting rooms.
In addition, a landscaped roof terrace and a sky bar will be accessible to residents on the 37th floor.
The railway arches located next to the tower would be repurposed into social and leisure units under separate plans currently being drawn up.
To learn more, search for application reference 23/82208/FUL on the city council’s planning portal.
The co-living concept is popular in cities and among graduates and is often seen as a stepping stone between student accommodation and build-to-rent.
There are several large co-living developments under construction in Manchester including Downing’s 2,224-unit Square Gardens near First Street and two towers to be operated under Vita’s Union brand close to Factory International.
The professional team for Progressive’s Gorton Street project also includes Zerum, Turley, Renaissance, Novo, Exterior Architecture, GIA, OFR, Our Studio, Hann Tucker, Our Studio and Hydrock.