Designed by Liverpool-based architect Falconer Chester Hall, Radclyffe Park is the latest phase in the £150m regeneration of Ordsall by LPC Living, in conjunction with Salford City Council. The developer has already delivered a range of exciting new benefits for the area, including the Primrose Hill Primary School, the first phase of a planned 500 modern affordable homes and improvements to parks and open spaces. The overall scheme also includes a hotel and large and small retail opportunities, and is expected to create more than 500 jobs, with priority given to those in the local community.
Simon Ashdown, development director for LPC Living, said: “With MediaCityUK on the doorstep, this part of Salford is a hub for new and exciting development at the moment. Although MediaCityUK will be a huge boost in terms of attracting new people to the region, it is equally important to make sure that local people have the top class facilities and quality housing that they deserve. LPC Living is committed to delivering more new homes which will be realistically priced to ensure the local community will benefit, and a great new shopping area.”
This phase of the project at Radclyffe Park has comprised: a 50,000ft² Morrisons supermarket; a two-storey, 359-space car park; 79 new homes (a mixture of apartments and mews houses); 12 non-food retail outlets, and a 156-bed Travelodge hotel. The construction of the Morrisons supermarket is now complete and the small retail units and residential sections are set to be complete between November and February.
Russells Construction won the contract for the Radclyffe Park project after a five way pitch. Andrew Russell, managing director of Trafford-based Russells Construction, said: “It is always very satisfying to win a contract in a tender situation, even more so for a scheme which is set to bring such benefits to the local community. I believe we were successful because of our strong credentials in both the retail and residential sectors, and because we have a track record of delivering complex schemes on time and on budget. The Radclyffe Park development is an important milestone in the regeneration of Ordsall and one we’re delighted to be involved with.”
Alastair Shepherd from Falconer Chester Hall Architects described the layout of the Radclyffe Park project. He said:
“This was a large scheme on a tight site, bounded by four roads. There were some difficulties regarding the supermarket servicing and restricting the amount of vehicles on site, as we did not want vehicles to dominate a largely residential area. We therefore had to make sure that the trucks and cars were hidden as much as possible. In addition, the whole project team is working very closely with the local community to ensure that they are fully informed of what is going on and are engaged in the regeneration process. As the Radclyffe Park development comprises simultaneous projects, careful site management has been required throughout the programme of works.
“The apartment duplexes offer an innovative solution to housing; each of them is dual aspect with an upstairs and a downstairs and every apartment has outside space. The properties are BREEAM Code level 3 so each of the apartments is environmentally sound. In addition, we have selected brickwork that is suitable to the area and have used inset rainscreen cladding to add colour.
“The project is progressing extremely well. The contractors are doing an excellent job and have been very proactive, particularly considering the tight time scales they have had to work to. We are delighted with how the project has turned out and there has been some great feedback from the community. We have worked with LPC Living in the area for a number of years, and this is the next step in the regeneration of Salford.”
Russells Construction and developer LPC have now handed the shell to Morrisons, who have commenced the fit-out of the store in preparation for its opening before the end of this year.
Andrew Russell said: “This handover is an important milestone in the regeneration of Ordsall and we are looking forward to supporting the Morrisons team as they take over the building and ready the store for opening. I’m pleased with how smoothly the project has run considering what a busy development site this is. We have worked closely with an expert team – the architects, our valued supply chain, LPC Living and Morrisons – to ensure the timely delivery of this scheme and understand how important the new store is to the local community, with whom we have been working with very closely, in particular through the schools project we are running with LPC Living.”