The ‘Gateway’ at Woden Street is a mixed-use scheme on a prominent corner site in Salford. DMS Architecture were appointed by a developer client in February 2015 with a brief for circa 40 residential apartments and commercial / retail use at Ground Floor level.This all had to tie into the Local Authority’s masterplan for the area – this site was designated on a ‘Green Corridor’ and a key corner – hence ‘The Gateway’.
Client: Fortis Developments Ltd
Value: £6.0 million
Status: In Planning
Units: 53 – split mix 1,2 & 3 Bed, Ground floor commercial space 100m2
The concept led to a stepped back frontage and massing, thus allowing a greater public realm on a key corner and expressing the ‘Spoiler’ as a key entrance feature and focal point. The dimensions and restrictions of the site lend themselves to a narrow, linear block.
£6 million Project Value
The building is seven storeys in height, with a five-storey parapet to the main frontage (in line with the masterplan) with one or two storeys set back to the rear. The elevations are conceived in traditional red brickwork, however the floor plates are expressed with prominent balconies generating a vertical rhythm – further punctuated by additional recessed balconies.The upper level is clad with ceramic panels, creating a woven pattern to the set back upper level – minimising the visual impact of the scheme on the surrounding area.