Working on behalf of Salford City Council (SCC), Urban Vision’s Highway Design team has been involved from the project’s inception, carrying out feasibility studies, and delivering concept designs and detailed designs of the scheme. Other services provided by Urban Vision include landscape design, network management, traffic and transportation, parking services and property services. The team also consulted with representatives from the Royal National Institute of Blind People to ensure the design was friendly for the visually impaired.
The first phase of the project involves environmental improvements and the widening of the footways on New Bailey Street adjacent to the ongoing prestige developments by English Cities Fund (ECf) and Select Developments. The widened footpaths will allow for the creation of an area of public realm, seen as the centrepiece of the project. This involves the creation of two ‘rain gardens’ which are supported by a state of the art Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS), resulting in the excess water that is collected in the drainage system to directly feed into large deciduous trees and aquatic plants along the walkway.
The project is being jointly funded by the Greater Manchester Growth Deal 2, ECf and SCC and will assist in the transformation of Salford Central into a vibrant and significant part of the regional centre.