Regeneration scheme set to improve Salford’s landscape

By Jack Shamash Salford, the run-down area of Greater Manchester that was once the model for TV show Coronation Street, is to be turned into a “green garden” as a result of a multi-million-pound regeneration scheme. Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company (URC) is running the scheme in conjunction with its founding partners, Salford City Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency and English Partnerships. The 20-year draft plan will see changes in the landscape including “high-quality urban spaces” and “a new public square at the heart of the University of Salford”. It features new green spaces along the River Irwell, “pedestrian- friendly, tree-lined boulevards” and a “network of parks” and pedestrian routes. One area, which will be known as “The Meadows”, will be landscaped to a high standard and will be a “blue and green oasis” in the city. The plan envisages new open areas around the historic buildings and a public piazza in front of Salford Central Station. It suggests “cycling, recreation and the enjoyment of beautiful places” should be “everyday activities” in the area. The planners claim that only if the public environment is transformed will people want to invest in the area. A representative of Salford URC said a landscape architect is due to be appointed by the end of the year.

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