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URBAN SPLASH WINS DISAPPEARING SALFORD AWARD
 

Star date: 26th December 2018

URBAN SPLASH WINS DISAPPEARING SALFORD AWARD FOR RE-BRANDING SPRINGFIELD LANE 'UPTOWN, MANCHESTER'

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 12th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

Last year, developer, Villafont, won the coveted Disappearing Salford Award for re-branding Ordsall 'Downtown Manchester'. This year, Urban Splash/Alliance Investments have snatched the honour after re-branding Springfield Road, 'Uptown Manchester'. So, ladies and gentlemen, kiss your city bye bye for the winner of the Disappearing Salford Award...

Full details here...


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DISAPPEARING SALFORD AWARD

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URBAN SPLASH/ALLIANCE INVESTMENTS

If you thought that last year's winner of the Salford Star Mary Burns Disappearing Salford Award was a one off, when developer, Villafont, won it for re-branding Ordsall, Downtown Manchester, think again!

The controversial Urban Splash development on Springfield Lane, of 156 unaffordable apartments in three blocks rising to ten storeys, has been branded 'Uptown Riverside Manchester'...

The horrid blocks, described by Councillor Bob Clarke at the original planning meeting as 'three concrete storm clouds', are, according to the agent, Alliance Investments' website, "situated on the banks of Manchester's River Irwell" and start from £220,000 for a one bedroom flat.

Indeed, nowhere on the site does it say the development is actually in Salford... "Uptown is perfectly placed to reap what Manchester has to offer..."

Back in June, when the thing got planning permission, there was no affordable housing attached, while councillors questioned the "derisory" planning contribution of just around £1,000 per 'luxury' apartment or £150,000, with a possible clawback if it makes bucket loads of profits (see here).

Meanwhile, the rest of the Urban Splash Springfield Lane HoUSing site also avoided proper planning fees and affordable housing, and now even has a sign on the roads discouraging Salford people from going anywhere near the place, stating 'No parking or stopping at any time'.

In October, Urban Splash moved a bunch of artists into one of the houses as part of a year-long project called Tenancy, in which they will be exploring 'what it's like to live in a city negotiating rapid change' and 'who is benefitting'. They've been pretty quiet so far – maybe they're trying to work out which city they are actually in...

As usual, there were lots of nominations for this award...Runner up is developer Endeavour, which, the Salford Star revealed in July, mis-sold its Queens Terrace apartments on Great Cheetham Street West as being in Manc-land, moving Broughton to 'Manchester' (see here).

But 'Uptown Manchester' just pips the Broughton-on-wheels development for its sheer horridness...

So, ladies and gentlemen, sing 'Salford 'til I die...unless I'm re-branded' and boogie on down to Uptown Top (W)Ranking... 'Nah pop no style'...for the winner of this year's Disappearing Salford Award...

Urban Splash/Alliance Investments


If Urban Splash/Alliance Investments would like to make an acceptance speech, please use the comments box below...


See other winners of the 2018 Salford Star Mary Burns Awards...

The Donald Trump Award For Media Dissing - Charlie Winstanley - click here

Feed The Rich Award - Fred Done - click here

Universal Catastrophe Award - Conservative Government - click here

International Award - Manchester City Council - click here

Real Digital Council of the Year - Salford City Council - click here

Cuadrilla Award for Attempted Protest Stifling - Bellway Homes - click here

Uncle Joe Stalin Award for Open and Democratic Government - Salford City Council - click here

Grenfell Tower Memorial Award - Salford City Council, Pendleton Together and the Conservative Government - click here

Radio Ga Ga Nursery Award - Salford City Council - click here

Art Appreciation Award - Salford City Council - click here

Cody wrote
at 12:44:10 on 31 December 2018
Bobtheregular - Because our culture does not count, the same can be said for ourselves. If we, or our culture, mattered they wouldn’t be gentrifying the area and destroying our cultural heritage.
 
ROSSI wrote
at 12:43:52 on 31 December 2018
Having I been banned Steve? Seems you don't publish my comments no more. All I can say is, is if you're gonna behave like a Cuckold crossed with a prison bitch, then it doesn't really matter. I knows when I ain't wanted. So I is going. I will leave this rag 's comments page to the likes of Captain Mainwaring and Mr Chips.
 
Denis Carter wrote
at 12:42:05 on 31 December 2018
Urban Trash Nuff said
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 06:22:01 on 29 December 2018
Nicely spotted by Alan Parker. Might have something to do with our councils investments in these areas. Our university is probably the worst offender when it comes calling Salford Manchester. People like these uni wallahs always go on about peoples cultural roots and all that shit, and people being proud of where they come from. What about our cultural roots? All this Salford University Manchester crap. Our mayor and his mates though, they are right up the arses of these uni types, can't do enough for them. What about that school the uni were going to build on the old racecourse site? That has all gone a bit quiet recently.
 
Bob Clarke wrote
at 09:18:57 on 27 December 2018
My life is complete, finally mentioned in an award ceremony. Thanks Stephen keep up the good work.
 
Alan parker wrote
at 09:18:02 on 27 December 2018
what about the office block on the old exchange station re -branded deansgate north !also city of salford signs removed from victoria bridge and new bailey st
 
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