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December 2015

Portergate unveils second phase of Salford Riverside regeneration

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Plans to build what could be the only luxury homes on the Irwell riverbank between Broughton Bridge and Trinity Way have been drawn up by an ambitious Manchester developer.

Plans for the £9 million investment project have been submitted to Salford Council for approval by Portergate Developments aiming to deliver the second phase of the acclaimed Riverside House development in Blackfriars Road and St Simon Street.

The riverfront apartment scheme promises to add another exciting chapter to both the growth of the forward-thinking development company and the continuing regeneration of Salford.

Portergate is seeking planning consent to create 45 luxury one, two and three bedroom apartments, along with a convenience store and café on the prime site, next to the successful £8 million hotel-style student accommodation building on the banks of the River Irwell.

The apartments, many with balconies and river views, will be managed by Portergate’s property management arm and are aimed at young professionals, key workers and first time buyers.

The project will become the only bespoke private apartment residence, including a number of duplex apartments, on the stretch of the Irwell that leads directly into Manchester’s Cathedral Quarter and main shopping district.

The café will be located on the first floor of the development to give it river views.

The proposed plan also involves improvements to the riverside walkway and secure car parking for residents try this.

Anthony Jackson, chairman of Portergate Developments, is confident the development will attract investors, including those who have already seen good returns from their initial investment in Riverside House.

He believes Phase II of Riverside, on a vacant 2,350 sq metre site backing onto St Simon Street, will also play another key role in the continued regeneration of the area, providing much needed homes for ambitious young people in the city.

A planning application has been submitted to Salford City Council and the proposals are set to be discussed early next year.

The proposed development has been designed by leading North West architect practice Studio KMA.

The decision to go ahead with the development follows the continuing success of Riverside House, which is now attracting students from across the globe and sold out its 242 hotel-class rooms in record time this September.

Anthony Jackson said: “Riverside House has been a major success story for us. Students really enjoy the experience of living there and the demand for apartments is testament to the quality of the accommodation and the service provided.

“The next phase of Riverside promises to be even more successful, with luxury apartments aimed at graduates, young professionals and key workers.

“We believe there is a massive demand for this well-designed style of city living in the area and, coupled with the strong retail and restaurant offering, it is something the community in the area is crying out for.

“We’re already seeing a lot of interest in this second phase from existing and new investors, who are excited by the plans we have drawn up to deliver a building that is as stylish and welcoming as Riverside House.

“It really is a question of watch this space! We will be looking to start work on the development as soon as we get planning permission.”

Andrew Titterton, director of Oldham-based Studio KMA, said: “The proposal substitutes a vacant depot site with a high quality residential-led mixed use development.

“It also improves upon the pedestrian link between St Simon Street and the River Irwell, an immeasurable benefit to the surrounding residential area.

“The aim has to provide further choice to apartment living in Salford. The proposal comprises both single and dual aspect accommodation a number of which are duplex layouts.”

Meanwhile, work continues on the construction of Portergate’s £18 million regeneration mixed use project in the centre of Preston, Lancashire.

The transformation of the 1.5 acre site near the city’s University Quarter will bring also smart new retail premises onto Friargate and the building is now beginning to take shape.

The development, which will be completed next year, will deliver boutique hotel-style accommodation to students studying at the nearby University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The 244 bedroomed building sits on the edge of the area earmarked for the university’s ambitious £200m regeneration plans.

Part of the high-quality accommodation on offer is also aimed at post graduate students at the university and apprentices and key workers in Preston’s high-tech manufacturing sector and new Enterprise Zone.



Volunteer and make a difference

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The team at Portergate Property Management’s Riverside House in Salford are impressed at the way students are continuing to make a real difference in the local community through their volunteering efforts.

Programmes such as the University of Manchester’s highly-acclaimed ‘Access All Areas’ programme are helping students really get involved in some worthwhile projects across the city.

This impressive volunteering arm of the university’s Students’ Union continues to bring together a range of student-led educational volunteer projects in the local community.

A Students’ Union spokesman explains the thinking behind ‘Access All Areas’: “All of our projects have the same aim – to improve access and widen participation in education.

“We lead workshops in local primary schools, run educational outreach projects and mentoring schemes in the community.”

Successful past scheme include the work of the Model UN Society – who ran an event with the entire year 9 group at Marsden Heights Community College looking at a range of international issues including climate change.

The project’s aim was to encourage youngsters to develop their public speaking, research and debating skills.

Other projects that have been delivered in the city include choir workshops for youngsters at St Malachy’s Primary and events at Whalley Range High School and Oasis Academy Primary.

For growing numbers of students volunteering and student action opportunities provide a rewarding and fun experience during their time at university.

Students not only have an enjoyable time but they can learn and develop lifelong skills that will aid them in the future.

Nationally, plans are already been drawn up for Student Volunteering Week 2016 in February, which will once again see more than 80 different educational institutions taking part more info here.

It’s an opportunity for student volunteers, colleges and universities, charities, social enterprises, businesses and government to collaborate, discuss challenges and opportunities in student volunteering, and showcase innovative individuals and projects.

Student volunteering and social action in the UK have a long history which can be traced back to university settlements and missions in the 19th century.

Students at Manchester who are looking to get involved with Access All Areas can sign up to its volunteering database at