Plans have been submitted to transform a row of empty railway arches in Salford into a bustling new cultural and food and drink destination.
Mirroring similar successful schemes in the Green Quarter (where businesses like Green Arches, Base Bar, and The Sparrows have set up shop) and in the area east of Piccadilly (home to loads of taprooms and breweries), the plans could see part of the Greengate area totally transformed.
CGIs included in the planning application show a vision for a tree-lined pedestrianised area, each railway arch home to a different business.
If it all goes ahead, it could mean a new microbrewery, bars and restaurants, and even an art gallery here on Gorton Street, though the eight arches included would be flexible to other types of businesses too.
A planning application has now been submitted to Salford City Council by PL North Bridge to create an ‘exciting’ and ‘unique’ destination in the Greengate area.
The plans for the railway arches are linked to another application by the same developer to build a 41-storey apartment block home to 568 ‘co-living units’.
It’s possible that some of the railway arch space could be used as cycle storage or waste for the co-living development.
As things stand, the arches are in ‘poor condition’ according to the planning statement.
The new plans for the railway arches are part of a much wider redevelopment of the Greengate area.
Salford council has said it wants this part of the city to feel ‘more Brooklyn than Manhattan’.
They said: “Greengate sits in the heart of city centre Salford where the vision to 2040 is; for it to become a distinctive place to live, work and visit, proud to be more Brooklyn than Manhattan, where people and businesses, from near and far, can find the space they need to thrive, prosper, create and connect.”
A rare Lowry painting is going on public display for the first time in nearly 60 years
A rare L.S. Lowry painting that hasn’t been seen in public for close to 60 years is set to go on display next month.
Talk about a monumental occasion, right?
The artwork in question, which is titled ‘Sunday Afternoon’, was thought to have been painted by Greater Manchester‘s most-famous artist all the way back in 1957, and pays resemblance to a lot of the other well-known works in his expansive and massively-celebrated portfolio.
As you’d expect from L.S. Lowry, ‘Sunday Afternoon’ depicts a densely-populated industrial landscape, which the Stretford-born figure often described as the “battle of life”.
‘Sunday Afternoon’ was previously sold at auction in 1967 for a “record price” after being obtained from the collection of Keith Showering – who was a former chief executive officer of Europe’s biggest drinks business, Allied Breweries.
A rare Lowry painting is going on public display for the first time in nearly 60 years / Credit: Smabs Sputzer (via Flickr)
And now, it’s set to go to auction once again in a couple of weeks time with auction house, Christie’s – which was founded in 1766, and was actually the auctioneers to sell the painting the first time round in the mid-60s – down in London as part of the Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale on Wednesday 20 March.
The auction house said the painting is expected to fetch somewhere between £4-6 million when it goes up for sale.
But not before it gets publicly displayed for the first time in 57 years, that is.
Speaking ahead of the highly-anticipated auction next month, Phillip Harley – who is the Senior Director at Christie’s, commented: “Sunday Afternoon by LS Lowry will return to the public eye at Christie’s for the first time since it was last seen here 57 years ago.
‘Sunday Afternoon’ can be seen by the public before it goes to auction next month / Credit: The Lowry Gallery
“This important painting has remained in the collection of Sir Keith and Lady Showering since 1967, offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to acquire a work of this magnitude and scale. The composition represents the wonder the artist felt as he recorded his many observations of the evolving society around him.
“We are thrilled to bring Sunday Afternoon back to auction.”
Clients and visitors, alike, are invited to view ‘Sunday Afternoon’ when it goes on free display in London from 13 – 20 March.
So, if you fancy a trip down to the capital, a rare art piece is ready and waiting for you.
Featured Image – Christie’s Images LTD 2024
The North West’s first dedicated futsal centre opens in Salford
The North West has always been a hub for footballing talent and that reputation is only getting better here in Greater Manchester and Salford, specifically, through one of the sport’s best proving grounds: futsal.
Ordsall Leisure Centre is the new home of the state-of-the-art futsal facility SCL Arena, set to revolutionise the sport in the North West of England. Futsal has gained fast momentum in recent years and our region was due a new home for the sport.
For those that aren’t familiar with the game, futsal is a type of football played indoors on a much smaller, hardcourt pitch. It is also played with a smaller, harder ball that is less bouncy to encourage control, improvisation and technique.
Think almost the ‘joga bonito’ days, FIFA Street or Volta in the new ones, only there’s no bouncing the ball off the walls in futsal. Here’s a taster from our very own Manchester Futsal Club.
Now, thanks to a £190k grant from the Premier League, the FA (Football Association) and the Government Football Foundation (GFF), as well as an additional £127k from Salford Council, Manchester is now home to one of the best places to play futsal in the country.
The project also comes with the construction of new changing rooms and an educational space and a recent showcase event featured constant futsal action from academy players and a local primary school, with some truly fantastic talent on display.
Watching on was the CEO of the Manchester FA, Colin Bridgford who spoke of the importance of bringing the facility to Salford.
“It’s a great opportunity for Salford to have the first dedicated futsal centre. It’s been much needed and it gives people an opportunity to learn about the game.”
“You can’t play it if you don’t have the facilities as we all know. The investment from the FA and the local authority of Salford have put into this has been fantastic.”
“You do need that place where you can just walk into an arena like this where the pitch is purpose-built and the markings are really clear.”
As you might expect, the game originated in South America in the 1930s and soon spread across the world. In countries like Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Portugal, young players are brought up on the sport with the world’s best footballing talent owing their skill to the small-sided game.
Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi began plying their trade on the futsal courts of Funchal and Rosario respectively. Maybe a future Ballon d’Or winner will forge their success in Ordsall Leisure Centre, you never know!
“It’s certainly a growing sport in England. If you look at it around Europe, particularly in Spain and Portugal, this is their day-to-day and that is where you get to see players working their way to the Premier League.”
“What futsal does is keep the flow of the game and makes players think quicker, it’s not always about what is happening at your feet but what’s happening upstairs – it’s a really adaptive game.”
“The skills and technique certainly come from futsal so if we can create more technically minded individuals in England then the future holds well and this is a great place to start.”
If you’re a fan of a fast-paced game with action that can happen right up until the final whistle then futsal might be for you. But most importantly, it’s about getting up and active and now it’s possible to enjoy the game right on our doorstep.
Colin put it perfectly: “Irrespective of whatever game we play, whatever sport we play we do it for fun and what I’ve seen today is young people smiling, being active and having a great time!”