The first phase of the £2.5 billion Salford Crescent scheme, known as Crescent Innovation North, has been planned. This phase will introduce up to 933 new homes and 1.7 million square feet of commercial and academic space. Julian Stott, Development Director at ECF, expressed that the vision for Crescent is unique and they are working diligently to turn this vision into reality for the people of Salford.

The Crescent Innovation North, as a significant part of the major regeneration, aims to connect communities across the city to opportunities that will enable them to thrive and prosper. Construction is expected to commence before the end of this year and will span over a decade.

The overarching Crescent masterplan aims to deliver over 3,000 homes, more than 1 million square feet of innovative and collaborative space, along with 1 million square feet of offices, retail, and leisure. It also includes a new multi-modal transport hub with active travel at its core, set within vast areas of green space.

In May, ECF and the university submitted a planning application for a new development of 100 high-quality, affordable, sustainable, one and two-bedroomed Passivhaus apartments within a part five and part six storey building, on Peru Street in the heart of the city. ECF is a strategic joint venture with Legal & General, one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and major global investor, and the government’s housing and regeneration agency, Homes England. The partnership was established in 2001 to transform urban areas and create exceptional new places.