Capital & Centric came to us in 2012 after securing an old Salford factory site and grant funding to develop it. They were expert developers in Manchester, but wanted a partner with complementary skills to share the project workload. We bought the site together, and soon spotted a gap in the market to deliver a unique product, with a significant investment in Foundry’s public realm. This complements the Grade I listed Ordsall Hall, which sits opposite, by providing a direct green route to the River Irwell, providing quick access for people cycling and walking into the city centre and MediaCity.
As a post-industrial area, Salford has seen a lot of regeneration in the last few decades. It would have been tempting to simply go ahead with a residential site, however, with media city recently established, Salford was fast becoming not only Manchester’s creative hub, but the country’s. We asked ourselves, where are all these creative people and businesses going to go? And so, in its water-front position, we created Foundry – a 3,500 sq ft mini business village. Neither office or industrial units, this dynamic hybrid is home to a diverse range of businesses, from film studios and fashion brands, to micro breweries and co-working spaces.
Together with Capital & Centric, we were able to deliver a scheme that enriches the local area, as we promised when obtaining the ERDF grant. This close collaboration has lead to our current partnership on Kampus, and we hope to join forces on more Manchester projects in the future.