The grand plans to turn Salford’s railway arches into a vibrant new destination

This could be a game-changer.proper

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 12th February 2024

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.”

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Featured image: BDP