DPP Planning has submitted a planning application for a major hospitality and office development in Manchester on behalf of its client Legal & General Investment Management.
Part of Salford’s wider central masterplan, Ralli Quays, set on a one-acre site on the banks of the River Irwell, will include 19,700m² of office space and a 280-bed four-star hotel.
Following consultation with stakeholders and the local community, which was conducted virtually during the COVID-19 lockdown, the development application was submitted to Salford City Council.
Replacing two existing office buildings, the proposed Ralli Quays development has been designed by EPR Architects to complement the scale and quality of new buildings completed or planned in Salford Central.
The 16-story hotel will feature a restaurant and bar with a terrace overlooking the river, while the adjacent 12-story office building will have its own rooftop terrace offering views of the city and surrounding area.
The opportunity to regenerate the site has been created by plans by existing Ralli Quays occupier HM Revenue & Customs to move to the New Bailey area of Salford Central next year.
Subject to planning, it is expected that the first stages of the project will start at the end of 2022, starting with the demolition of the existing blocks.
Ralli Quays is the latest retail development in the area for the independent national planning consultancy’s Manchester office.
It follows, most recently, the approval of a bid for a 10-storey BREEAM Excellent office building, to be occupied by BT, which is the final land in the New Bailey area of the Salford Central Masterplan.
DPP has provided strategic planning advice to the English Towns Fund for Salford’s Central Masterplan since 2006 and has been instrumental in developing the original vision into viable and deliverable planning permission. This also included the approval in 2019 of 211 apartments in a 23-storey tower, where work began on site in June 2021.
Legal & General Investment Management is one of Europe’s largest asset managers, with development and regeneration programs across the UK. As well as holding a 50% stake in Media City, it has provided long-term investment in the New Bailey area of Salford.
Kayleigh Dixon, Associate Director at DPP Planning, said: “Ralli Quays will be an important addition to Salford Central, complementing the surrounding developments and bringing a new hotel and office concept to market. It also demonstrates Legal & General Investment Management’s long-term commitment to regenerating this area of Manchester.
She added: “We are very proud to submit this planning application, which continues DPP’s long association with Salford’s Central Masterplan. The transformation of the area is exceptional and creates an exceptional community for residents and businesses which contributes to Manchester’s exciting future.