Date published: March 05, 2018

Read about our ambitious Campus Masterplan

It’s here! Since appointing our masterplanners, 5plus architects, last summer, we’ve been busy working in collaboration with Salford City Council to deliver an ambitious vision for the next two decades tapping into the area’s unique potential to deliver a place to learn, live, work and visit.

Our joint approach will link our University campus with local industry, culture and residential to create a city district that enhances and connects with surrounding neighbourhoods and communities and helps drive the economy locally and regionally.

The Masterplan provides an ambitious framework for the University’s continued growth and includes a radical overhaul of the University estate and consolidation onto the Peel Park and Frederick Road campuses, responding to the strategic needs identified within our University Campus Framework. 

Our Masterplan focuses on these key areas of regeneration: 

A new Civic University Gateway 

The future vision proposes the transformation of the University as seen from the A6, with a new Civic and Cultural gateway.  Salford is proud of its local distinctiveness and the Masterplan builds on this. Working closely with Salford City Council, developers and arts organisations, we plan to expand and develop our cultural offering. The area will be turned into a key cultural destination through a more diverse offering which could incorporate cafés, restaurants, galleries, an events and conferencing space and even a hotel. Maxwell Hall will be retained as an events venue but will undergo a significant transformation to provide a new public events and conference space.  A revitalised Maxwell building is also envisaged, with a new dynamic and interactive façade, which will link the building with the park before ultimately becoming a new central hub for professional services in the long-term.

Peel Park Campus is changing

Peel Park Campus is at the heart of our University - we plan significant investment in renewal and improvement. One of the first new buildings to be completed on campus will be the new School of Computing Science and Engineering Building, which will provide new state of art collaborative workshop and laboratory space at the heart of our campus. The relocation of the School will allow the demolition of the old Newton Building and for a new cluster of buildings including a new School of the Built Environment. Further to the success of the recently completed student residencies, we plan a further second phase of student accommodation bringing our total on-campus provision to nearly 2,000 beds.  

Biomedical Health Village (Fredrick Road)

Our current Fredrick Road campus will have a new identity as a Biomedical Health Village; a pedestrian-friendly space with high quality new developments for health, sports science and wellbeing.  The Masterplan proposes to retain, enhance and integrate a number of existing buildings on the site, while removing older buildings, such as the Allerton Annex, to make way for new developments and enhanced public realm.

Green campus

We plan to fully utilise the green spaces in and around the campus, particularly Peel Park, Davis Lewis Playing Fields and The Meadows. The Masterplan will look for opportunities for new green spaces in our urban environment to help promote learning, wellbeing and healthy lifestyles. Green initiatives like planting an extra 1000 trees along the A6 and around campus and introducing a network of 'rain gardens' to capture and redistribute surface run-off will also be put into place. Our goal is to achieve an Ecocampus Platinum award; this would recognise us a higher education establishment which focuses on addressing key issues of environmental sustainability. 

Central to the plans is an energy strategy that takes a major step to a zero carbon future, while providing high quality spaces for residential, teaching, research and commercial uses that are cost-effective to run. University buildings will undergo refurbishment to make them highly energy efficient, with maximum potential for renewable energy generation.

Smart digital campus

Working in line with our transformational One Digital Campus programme, we plan to grow our digital capabilities. There’ll be a shift in focus towards a virtual learning environment, and a wider use of online delivery methods. We aim to embrace digital technology, in particularly virtual, immersive and augmented reality and this will be reflected in the types of research and teaching space we need on campus. With the ambition for Salford to become a truly smart district that meets the needs of a community of the digital age, Salford Business School will transform to become an innovative Digital Commons Building, providing a focus for digital exploration, research and learning in a student-centred environment.

Transport and infrastructure

The Masterplan is keen to make positive changes to the transport connections and infrastructure here at Salford. The traffic calming work to the A6 will continue, with further improvements to bus and rail services. The ambition is to consolidate and rationalise car-parking across campus and to reduce internal car circulation to promote a healthier, more pedestrian-friendly campus. The vision also promotes greater levels of cycling in and around the site.

Improved pedestrian connections will be key to improving permeability across the campus – think tree-lined boulevards, public squares and a generally more well-defined network of routes and open spaces. Car parking will also be greatly improved, with our current spaces consolidated to make room for two new multi-storey car parks at Irwell Place and Fredrick Road.

The potential for a new ‘Crescent Station Hub’, bridging the Peel Park Campus and the Frederick Road Biomedical Health Village will also be established providing an opportunity to link rail, bus and cycle facilities and in turn greatly improving the east-west connection for the University. A newly created public space, on the site of the existing Newton Building, will also create a new heart for the campus. It will provide easy access to the New Adelphi, Lady Hale, Cockcroft, School of Built Environment and Salford Business School. A food and beverage offer as well as other commercial space will further add to the vibrancy of this new space.

Frederick Road Industrial Enterprise Zone

Plans are in place to create a newly-built innovation district on Frederick Road, in close proximity to the University. The area will be regenerated, making way for new, high-quality enterprise and business-led developments. Having the proposed site on our doorstep will be a big asset for the university, and provide opportunities in line with our industry-focused strategy. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Marshall, said: “These exciting plans for The Crescent represent the next step of a journey that started with the construction of the first of our university buildings – the Peel Building – in 1896. 

“Working in partnership with the council and 5plus Architects, we have developed this masterplan to ensure that our campus is fit for purpose for the next twenty years, providing a great experience for our students and investing heavily in the future of the City of Salford.

“The new facilities that are part of the package of redevelopment will enable us to carry out the industry-led teaching and research that is key to our strategic aims of preparing our graduates for the modern world of work and delivering economic growth for Salford, Greater Manchester and beyond.”

Paul Dennett, Salford City Mayor, said: “The City of Salford has attracted billions of pounds of private sector investment in the last decade and delivered nationally important regeneration projects that have brought new industries, new training and development opportunities and new jobs to the city.

“The combined assets of the city and the university around The Crescent present a huge opportunity for the continued growth of the city linking education with enterprise and industry and arts, culture, heritage and community. 

“The renewed focus of the University of Salford on Industrial Collaboration Zones (ICZs) across: Digital and Creative, Engineering and Environments, Sport and Health, and Wellbeing and Society is a welcomed development, highlighting the importance of institutional collaboration between the city and the university within place-making and Salford’s ambition for an inclusive economy.

“The agreement of the masterplan is an important first step to unlocking the scale of this opportunity to the benefit of all.

“It follows pro-active support and investment in the neighbouring areas of New Bailey and Greengate which has successfully helped attract thousands of high quality new jobs and this joint initiative continues that strategy.

“Securing growth in Salford is recognised as an important opportunity for the City as well as Greater Manchester and the North, at a time when there is a focus on rebalancing power, creating a more inclusive economy and growing the northern economies.”

5plus director Tony Skipper, said: “This is a vast area with a lot of existing assets, from transport connections to heritage buildings to green space. Our brief was to unlock this potential to create one city district that will play a significant role in the economic and cultural life of Salford.”

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