City of Salford and University Masterplan

Client. University of Salford / Salford City Council
Location. Salford
Value & Size. Undisclosed / 244 acres
Service. Masterplanning
Status. Completed

City of Salford and University Masterplan

Client. University of Salford / Salford City Council
Location. Salford
Value & Size. Undisclosed / 244 acres
Service. Masterplanning
Status. Completed

We were appointed as masterplanner to create a development framework for the University of Salford’s estate and a future vision for the wider Salford City area. As a joint venture between the City and the University, the vision is a shared one and outlines both partners’ ambition to create a high quality district of knowledge, innovation and creativity which contributes to the future economic growth of the city.

We worked closely with the Council and the University to develop a masterplan that unifies the Campus on to one site and using place making strategy, creates a distinctive place to live, work and learn and a new destination for culture and leisure. A key element of our initial work involved extensive stakeholder consultation and collaboration. The aim of this was to understand how the university, local people, culture, heritage, industry, sport and leisure contribute to the place and how the framework can support the University and the Council to achieve their strategic vision for the site.

Our resultant masterplan brings about a number of design solutions to matters of transport and infrastructure, environment and energy, digital and landscape and public realm. As well as a strategy to utilise and enhance existing University and City assets to promote a cultural and heritage offer within the masterplan area. Five development zones set out the quality aspirations for the area within the new city district. The character of each zone has been developed to repair and enhance the area; they include proposed – retention, enhancement and new-buildings, scale and massing as well as landscape and public realm proposals.

The masterplan was signed-off in 2018, and launched at MIPIM. We were subsequently retained to provide a masterplan monitoring role and have undertaken a number of architectural commissions across the site. We have also supported the Council and the University to undertake the procurement process to identify an investor/developer partner for the masterplan. Our role included designing and producing the prospectus as well as assisting with the selection process which concluded in spring 2020 with the English Cities Fund (Homes England, Muse and L&G) appointed.

Project Team
Visualisation. Not Just Yellow
Illustrations. Adriette Muburgh
Aerial view of masterplan site
Consultation
Masterplan illustrating the early development opportunities
Concept visual of the new Civic Cultural Gateway
Proposed view illustrating a car-free University of Salford campus and new buildings
Proposed view illustrating a car-free University of Salford campus and new buildings
Brand toolkit for the masterplan development prospectus
Masterplan development prospectus
Masterplan development prospectus

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