‘It belongs in a prison camp’: ‘Awful’ student block WILL be built after council green light

New scholar lodging blocks labelled “unimaginative” and “boring” WILL be constructed A block containing 353 scholar studios on Frederick Highway and Cheltenham Road, in addition to 148 scholar flats north of Broughton Highway East and east of Seaford Highway, got the thumbs up by Salford Council’s Planning and Transportation Regulatory Panel.

However the Frederick Highway web site was met with condemnation and in comparison with a jail by one councillor. Coun Bob Clarke stated it appeared prefer it belonged ‘on Rikers Island’ – the place New York’s predominant jail advanced is housed.

He stated: “It is not good is it. Yet another blot on the landscape. There is just no attempt to make it look nice.

“One elevation looks like it belongs on Rikers Island with the narrow windows. We have got to have a better street scene than this.

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“We are closing the sky off to people and all we can see is concrete and glass monstrosities and it drains the life out of me. I just don’t know what we are trying to achieve here.

“In 10 years time we will stand back and say who did that, because it is awful. I know we need accommodation for students but really a modern day prison block is not what we should be building.”

The ten to fifteen storey lodging presents studio flats with a bed room house, bathe room and kitchenette and dwelling space. The proposal contains 120 bicycle areas at floor stage.

Artist impression of the proposed new Broughton Road East student accommodation in Salford
Artist impression of the proposed new Broughton Highway East scholar lodging in Salford

However greeing with Coun Clarke, Coun Warmisham questioned why the candidates, X1, would need to construct residential lodging proper subsequent to a waste facility which prompts quite a few complaints in regards to the stench in summer time. He stated the officers want to take a look at themselves and questioned why pushed for the scheme to be accepted.

The opposite scholar lodging block accepted by the panel, primarily based at Stervon Home, would see the demolition of the present industrial buildings within the space to get replaced with house for 412 beds organized over 5 to 6 storeys. There can be a plethora of flats differing in bed room quantity in addition to a industrial property on the backside in addition to a health club and cycle storage.

Developer Lichfields’ design of the constructing was additionally criticised closely by councillors. Given the placement of this being close to Peel Park, councillors stated they had been ‘upset’ to see no iconic buildings being delivered to the gateway of the town.

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Coun John Warmisham stated: “In the distant past the planning panel recommended the demolition of the most wonderful arch at the transport depot across the road from this development and it was an absolute travesty. Here we have yet another building that is square box on box boring to look at, and just doesn’t have any imagination.

“I know this has been done because of cost but if you look at some of the old student accommodation across the campus, why can’t we have something innovative. This is the gateway into Charlestown and the first step towards Peel Park so I would have expected something a bit iconic really and stand out.

“Here we have another boring building. I just wish people would be more imaginative, I am sick of driving around Salford and looking at brown boxes.”

Coun Philip Cusack, following Coun Warmisham stated: “We would aspire to higher levels of design in the major gateways into the city, however it is what it is and it serves a function and is planning compliant.”

Each functions had been accepted as they each met the necessities for planning permission.

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