Soapworks Site – Hybrid Planning Application Submitted to Regenerate Former Colgate Palmolive Factory

Development Manager, Bankfoot APAM, working with Catella APAM on behalf of site owners, Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF), are excited to confirm that a Hybrid Planning application for the Soapworks site has now been validated by Salford City Council.

The plans will deliver around 450 new homes, more than 145,000 sq ft of sustainable office space, and 1.6 hectares of public realm. The proposals include a multi-storey car park to accommodate parking requirements for existing and future tenants on site. The proposals will transform the site of the former Colgate Palmolive Factory into a new, vibrant, mixed-use neighbourhood.

The proposals seek to create new pedestrian and cycle routes to enhance connectivity. New green spaces will be created, with a distinctive central hub, waterfront food & beverage (F&B) area, and courtyard for residents and future and existing employees to enjoy. The existing Soapworks building is focused on creating a conscious space aligned with social and environmental responsibilities at the heart of its operational practices. The new development proposals will continue to focus on sustainability and wellbeing initiatives to deliver a scheme which continues to place Environmental Social Governance (ESG) at the forefront of its values and culture.

The iconic ‘Boiler House’ building will remain, cementing this iconic part of Salford’s heritage into the neighbourhood and creating an open and inviting view from across the river.

Fiona Chatham, Senior Development Manager at Bankfoot APAM commented “Bankfoot APAM is excited to be leading the delivery of the regeneration and revitalisation of an iconic site in Salford. The creation of new homes, additional office space and extensive public open space will help transform the site into a welcoming mixed-use destination. The scheme design has a key focus on connectivity and aims to deliver a new community in which people can work, rest and play, with sustainability at the heart of the proposals. Greater Manchester Pension Fund places significant importance on social value, offering a number of ESG initiatives on the Soapworks site already, such as free wellbeing sessions, community events and actively monitoring and reducing waste on site. The latest Soapworks proposals will look to build on the strong existing credentials, with the new proposals developing a number of the ESG principles further including on-site renewables, improved amenities – along with new sustainable workspace which will help drive further investment into Salford.”

The hybrid planning application was submitted in December 2023 following a public consultation and extensive engagement with Salford City Council. Bankfoot APAM and Catella APAM look forward to working with Officers to bring these plans forward.