The new Chapel Street, Salford...
Chapel Street, Salford is transforming 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 New Bailey, a vibrant riverside development with a radical skyline of inspired architecture at the heart of a thriving hub where business and leisure collide.
The area is now becoming a vibrant collection of shops, cafés and business premises, as well as providing new houses and apartments including Vimto Gardens and by 2016 Timekeepers Square.
Chapel Street is an area rich in built and natural assets which includes the Grade II listed Cathedral of St. John, the former Town Hall and Magistrates Court at Bexley Square and the former Salford Royal Hospital building. Whilst these assets are being revitalised new high quality residential and leisure space is being built beside them, creating a unique city high street with a quirky, creative feel.
The area already had a strong and well-established creative community and is home to Islington Mill one of the citys’ most popular venues for music events and the bohemian Kings Arms.
The transformation of Chapel Street has seen 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.