April 06 2017 0comment
Salford Police Station Renovation

Salford Crescent building could be getting a dramatic makeover!

A former Salford police station could be transformed into a plush housing development of more than 100 new flats and 20 townhouses.

The old Crescent Police Station headquarters, erected in the 1950s as a divisional base for officers, could soon be converted into a swanky block of apartments, with 117 new homes in the pipeline.

More than 20 townhouses could also be build in the yard.

Bosses at Stama Developments and The Property Alliance Group want to remove the roof and add two more floors to the neo-Georgian headquarters.

The ‘vast majority’ of the facade of the building will remain unaltered, according to plans which will be considered by Councillors today (Thursday).

Garages to the east of the site will be bulldozed, as well as a two-storey building beside Irwell Place.

In the large yard at the back of the police station, an ‘L-shaped’ terrace of 23 five-bed, four-storey townhouses is planned.

Of the 117 apartments, five will be studio flats, 50 one-bed apartments, 58 two-bed and four three-bed.

Parking for nearly 50 cars will be available, as well as 30 bicycles.

Communal gardens containing meadow plants are planned for around the flats. At the back of the site they would create allotments.

Developers will be required to stump up £1.4m in ‘Section 106’ payments to mitigate the impact of the build.

Of that, around £530,000 will go towards projects to improve open space; £100,000 on education; £210,000 on public realm works; and £627,000 towards affordable housing in the city.

The old police station sits next to a former fire station, which is now full of University of Salford staff.

It has been empty ever since and has suffered at the hands of vandals.

The original police cells can still be seen inside.

The building was saved from demolition five years ago because of its historic frontage, but town hall chiefs have still been searching for a buyer.

Salford now has just one station – divisional HQ in Swinton – with a public counter.

Last month Pendleton station closed to the public.

In the last two decades, the Salford division has seen stations at Green Lane in Eccles, Park Lane in Broughton, and The Crescent shut.

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