The new Chapel Street, Salford...
Work has begun to transform Chapel Street, Salford from a traffic-choked highway into a distinctive city high street - a safer and calmer environment for residents, businesses and visitors.
Connecting the University of Salford with Manchester City Centre, the area is set to become a vibrant collection of shops, cafés and business premises, as well as providing new houses and apartments across several sites.
Chapel Street is an area rich in built and natural assets which includes the Grade II listed Cathedral of St. John and the former Town Hall and Magistrates Court at Bexley Square and the former Salford Royal Hospital building.
These existing assets will be revitalised, whilst new high quality buildings and spaces will be developed alongside them. The combination of old and new buildings will create a unique city high street with a quirky, creative feel.
The area has already has a strong and well-established creative community. The Salford Central area is home to Islington Mill and the Casket Works, where local artists and independent businesses make and display work. Hot Bed Press within the Casket Works runs a popular series of courses on printmaking and Islington Mill is one of the city centre’s most popular venues for music events. This thriving creative community is at the heart of Chapel Street’s unique character and is one of its key strengths.
The transformation of Chapel Street has already begun with a series of high quality public realm improvements that have expanded the footpaths, creating tree lined boulevards and public squares to give the area a real community feel. The addition of 20mph speed limits has changed this street from a traffic choked highway to an attractive city high street, creating the perfect environment for investment.
Supported by Salford Central Station and Salford Crescent Rail Station, it is well connected to the regional and national rail network. The realisation of the Ordsall Chord project as part of the wider Northern Hub project being led by Network Rail will enhance services at Salford Central Station and enable direct journeys between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria stations. There are also excellent walking and cycling routes throughout the area and good connections to other parts of the city, including MediaCityUK via Irwell River Park.
Chapel Street is also well served by frequent public buses, including the free Manchester city centre Metroshuttle which serves Irwell Street, Chapel Street and New Bailey Street, linking the eastern side of Salford Central directly to Spinningfields, Deansgate, Manchester Town Hall and Manchester Piccadilly station. There is also easy access to the local, regional and national road network as the inner relief route runs through the development. Chapel Street itself is well served by bus links to Leigh, Bolton and the west of Salford.
The area boasts a wealth of family-friendly facilities and services including primary schools and nurseries, as well as doctors' and dentists' surgeries and churches.
There are many social facilities including pubs, restaurants and cafes, while convenience stores and other retail outlets will also be present.
This work has been funded by a £10m investment from North West Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund. The active and proud local community has been consulted throughout this process to ensure the development supports community needs as well as those of developers.