Deal for Morgan Sindall’s development arm could last up to 15 years

Muse has been chosen to lead a £2.5bn decade-long redevelopment in Salford.

Morgan Sindall’s development and regeneration arm has been named as Salford university and Salford council’s private sector partner for work on several projects within the 100ha Salford Crescent and University District Masterplan area.

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Source: 5plus Architects

The masterplan runs across 100ha

The masterplan has been designed by Manchester-based practice 5plus Architects.

Muse will develop a range of schemes over the next 10 years, with the clients having the option to extend the contract for a further five years.

Contract award had been delayed by coronavirus, with the council and university saying they had to have extended talks around terms.

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Muse beat six others to the job which will include building between 2,000 and 2,500 houses and one million sq ft of business space.

The residential portion of the project is expected to have a gross development value of £800m, while the total construction cost is due to be between £2bn and £2.5bn.

The project includes five zones – called Adelphi, Crescent, Innovation, Health Village and Peel Park.

Adelphi includes low-density residential development while Crescent includes high-density residential development, commercial, a cultural hub, focused around Salford Museum and Art Gallery, the Old Fire Station and Working Class Movement Library.

The innovation district will include enterprise and research space with the Peel section creating a new campus including student residential, refurbishing an existing sports centre and developing a new computing, science and engineering building, designed by Sheppard Robson.

The health village will include a climate controlled research facility call Energy House 2.0, which is being built by Bowmer & Kirkland.