Salford Crescent and University District Masterplan

Salford City Council and the University of Salford have appointed The English Cities Fund (a Joint Venture between Homes England, Legal & General and Muse Developments) as developer partner to deliver the Salford Crescent and University District masterplan - a £2.5bn, 240-acre major regeneration programme which will be delivered over the next 10-15 years. It represents one of the largest development opportunities in the country, and is the next major key development in the continuation of regeneration taking place across the city.


The ambition is to celebrate and enhance the area’s wealth of green, blue, cultural and heritage assets and establish strong physical links between the university campus and surrounding communities to create a vibrant, modern and connected new city district rich in culture and activity.

Maximising social value outcomes is a key priority of the partners. We will work with communities within and surrounding the Masterplan area to understand local challenges and opportunities to leave a positive, long-lasting legacy. There is a huge opportunity to harness the wealth of talent across the area and utilise the University’s world-leading research to collaborate with industry to enhance skills and job opportunities for the local population and deliver sustainable, transformational change to benefit the City and wider region.

Sustainability will be at the heart of future development proposals. The existing green assets across the area, combined with the scale of potential development, mix of uses and opportunities for delivering significant public realm improvements and a range of sustainable transport solutions, means the development provides a unique opportunity to lead the way in the drive to carbon neutrality.

The initial Masterplan proposals developed by 5plus architects are now being tested and reviewed by the City Council, University of Salford and the English Cities Fund (The Partners). In due course, a new planning framework for the area will be developed by the Partners setting out proposals for future development across the area. This will be subject to extensive public consultation, prior to being adopted by the City Council.

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