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SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2009
 

MARY BURNS AWARDS
DAY 13

THE GOLDEN SANDS OF SALFORD AWARD

Fun, fun, fun all the way! Break out your buckets and spades! Salford's getting a beach!!!

That's what we were told in a blitz of hype six years ago. Salford Council sold off a huge four acre plot of land by the Irwell to developers Urban Splash, and a competition was launched with a £20,000 prize to find the best idea for the Trinity Way site.

Architects Weston Williamson won the comp with a scheme involving bucket loads of apartments, shops, offices and cafes – plus a new man-made beach on the Irwell. It should have all been completed around 2010 – but where is it?

Ladies and Gentlemen. The GOLDEN SANDS OF SALFORD AWARD…goes to…

Please do a drum roll and click here…



 

URBAN SPLASH

Developer Urban Splash won 43 awards last year and now Tom Bloxham can boast that he's won a MARY to add to that collection.

At this moment the Salford Beach project looks, er, well beached. A Salford Council update in November 2009 stated that "Due to the current market, Urban Splash is unable to progress the proposed redevelopment at the current time" and added that "Following discussions between CSURC (Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company), UV (Urban Vision), SCC (Salford City Council) and the developer (Urban Splash) it has been agreed to cease further work until March 2010 to allow for market recovery."

Do we detect a glimmer of hope for the beach in the future? Er, not quite. A further Salford Council report in December puts "Land bounded by Trinity Way and Springfield Lane (546 dwellings)" on a `List of Dwellings Not Considered To Be Deliverable or Developable' by the year 2027!

It looks like it's goodbye to Salford's artificial Urban Splash beach. But in the meantime, we can console ourselves with the fact that there is already a real beach on the same site by the Irwell, unspoilt by zillions of apartments, shops and offices, and absolutely teaming with wildlife!

It was featured just over a year ago in Costa Del Salford, a short movie shot on a mobile phone, sending up the whole project  and well worth seeing…

Ladies and Gentlemen. Please wave your buckets and spades in the air for the winner of The GOLDEN SANDS OF SALFORD AWARD…

URB-A-A-A-N SPL-A-A-A-SH

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