The Printworks, Manchester
A rising tide of Investment

An Area Transformed

The city of Salford is going through one of the most exciting revitalisations in the UK.

Greater Manchester offers the most centralised transport infrastructure in the country, including the largest airport outside of London. In Salford, ten tram stops, two train stations and numerous bus routes link the cities of Salford and Manchester together. Chapel Street, the A6, is the primary gateway from Salford to Manchester, and has recently undergone a £10million transformation.

This is just the beginning of Salford’s regeneration, with plenty more inward investment on the horizon. New homes are particularly important to the region, as the whole of the UK is facing a massive housing shortage. Across Greater Manchester, the ten boroughs have calculated approximately 11,000 new homes are needed per year to alleviate the strain on the local market.

It is in this economy that plans for Adelphi Wharf has been announced, set to provide 580 new homes in a truly burgeoning area. With regeneration rife and an almost unprecedented level of tourism taking place in the area, the city of Salford is thriving, with no sign of stopping in the foreseeable future.

Timeline

Salford becomes a free borough

The town of Salford becomes a free borough thanks to a charter issued by Ranulf de Blundeville, Earl of Chester.

1230

Introduction of the UK’s first gas streetlamps

The first gas street light illuminates part of Chapel Street in Salford, along with the Philips and Lee factory.

1805

New railway systems unveiled

The Liverpool and Manchester Railway opens, improving intercity connectivity almost overnight. However, this new innovation in transportation causes a major decline in operations of Greater Manchester’s waterways, including the Mersey and Irwell Navigation, and the Bridgewater Canal.

1830

The Manchester Ship Canal

The Manchester Ship Canal, as envisioned by English engineer Daniel Adamson, finally opens, with its official opening on the 21st of May 1894 officiated by Queen Victoria. This historical benchmark led to the newly created Port of Manchester becoming one of the busiest and most crucial ports in the country’s history, making it vital for the North West's journey to becoming an industrial powerhouse.

1894

Innovations in education and industry

The Royal Technical College is established, now known as the University of Salford. Additionally, the first purpose built industrial estate is created at Trafford Park next to Salford Quays.

1896

Salford becomes a city

21st April 1926 sees King George V grant the County Borough of Salford its own city status, henceforth becoming the City of Salford.

1926

The decline of the Greater Manchester waterways

After years of success, the Manchester Ship Canal begins to rapidly decline. With competition from newly-developed motorway systems and Manchester Airport, demand for transporting goods using the waterway system declines quickly. Eventually, the Manchester Ship Canal became redundant in 1982.

1960

Peel invests in Salford

Peel Holdings acquires the land surrounding the former Ship Canal from Salford City Council, marking the very beginning of Salford’s illustrious transformation.

1993

The Atlantic Gateway

Sci-Tech Daresbury opens, the first project of Peel Group's Atlantic Gateway scheme consisting of £50 billion of investment spread over 50 years to revitalise the Northern Corridor.

2006

MediaCityUK

£650 million development MediaCityUK is finally built, a bespoke industry hub for digital and creative industries. The new home of the BBC and ITV studios completely rejuvenates the area of Salford Quays.

2011

Port Salford

The estimated completion date for Port Salford, a complete conversion of the Salford Docks, consisting of a 153,000sqm warehousing facility and the only inland multi-modal distribution park in all of the UK served by rail, road and sea. The cost of the conversion is set to be £400 million.

2015

Regeneration of Salford Central

The estimated completion date for the Salford Central project, with a development scheme targeting 50 acres of Salford’s civic and historic centre. Key elements will include focus on Chapel Street, which is to be a new gateway to the city centre, and plans for the New Bailey, an extension to Manchester’s Central Business District. The cost is said to be in the region of £650 million.

2018

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