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Crescent Masterplan consultations: Wednesday 8 & Saturday 11 August

Aug 02, 2018

Our future vision
Our future vision

On Wednesday 8 August and Saturday 11 August the University will be holding Crescent Masterplan public consultation sessions alongside Salford City Council and 5plus Architects. Local residents and businesses can learn more about the future vision for our campus and surrounding Crescent district. Colleagues are also invited to come along to the sessions– just pop along at a time that suits you. 




When are they?

Wednesday 8 August

Time: 12pm-8pm

Location: New Adelphi lobby

Saturday 11 August

Time: 10am-1pm

Location: The Old Fire Station


What is The Crescent Masterplan?

The vision is to bring together five different development zones to create a new city district with a world class centre of learning, collaboration and industry at its heart surrounded by green space and heritage.

The masterplan, by 5plus Architects, outlines a new innovation district with incubation space for business start-ups and SMEs; a new health village with GP services and expanded nursery provision; a range of new housing from family homes with gardens to a 30-storey tower and a new Civic and Cultural gateway celebrating the area’s culture and heritage assets.

A key theme of the proposals is the radical improvement of the public realm establishing strong physical links with the surrounding communities with new walking and cycling routes connecting through the campus to the green assets of The Meadow and Peel Park and a new linear park running the length of The Crescent.

There would also be new student accommodation; improved and extended sports facilities; a conference centre and hotel: new food and drink around the Old Fire Station and an emphasis on culture and the arts to create a world class destination.

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “This is an ambitious masterplan that combines the resources of both University and City to create a truly integrated new city district that will open up new education and training opportunities and provide a host of spin-off benefits to the adjoining neighbourhoods and city region.

“We look forward to sharing this vision and want to hear and understand people’s views.”

Jason Challender, Director of Estates and Facilities, said: “This masterplan will transform the A6 corridor and the surrounding area for the decades to come. It is a real partnership with the council and the local community so we are keen to hear what people think.”

Comments received through the consultation will help inform a future Development Framework for the 99 sq/ha masterplan site, as well as the 20 ha that has been identified for a major new residential and cultural district destination.

The Adelphi and The Crescent areas will be developed with private sector partners and a detailed prospectus will be issued in early autumn with a view to appointment of a partner, or consortium of partners, in Spring 2019.

Iain Jenkinson, senior director with CBRE said: “This is an opportunity, which is quite unique in a UK sense, that has both scale and is ready to go. There has been a huge amount of interest since The Crescent masterplan was launched at MIPM 2018.

“We continue to talk to interested parties and will be doing so in more detail when the prospectus is launched in the Autumn.”

Comments can also be made online at