Cotton Quay Update

Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher are working collaboratively on a masterplan to transform an underused brownfield site to create an exciting new destination – Cotton Quay, in Greater Manchester. The 3.4 hectare site lies at the heart of Salford Quays and originally formed Pier 7 of the historic Manchester Docks.

The ambitious residential-led mixed use scheme is being brought forward by Royalton Group and Frogmore. The project, which was recently featured in the Architects’ Journal, will comprise up to 1500 residential homes, two hotels, a multi-storey car park with an innovative rooftop play park, a lido within the basin and significant public realm improvements.

Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher successfully achieved an outline planning consent for residential development on the site in 2016. The practice now have a new brief for the Acala Quarter, which will form a vibrant new neighbourhood at the centre of Cotton Quay, delivering 610 new homes across four buildings, 50% of which will be for the private rental sector (PRS).

The overarching design concept for Cotton Quay is weaving, which embodies the docks original purpose supplying cotton to the north-west during the industrial revolution. This will be expressed through the architecture of the buildings across the Quay.

Royalton Group and Frogmore intend to submit a hybrid planning application to Salford City Council in the coming months.