planning treble

posted: 26/04/17


The fifth RHS Garden in Salford, Greater Manchester has been granted planning permission in principle.

The proposals include a new Welcome Building at the 154-acre site of Worsley New Hall. Our brief was to design a world-class visitor centre as a gateway to the gardens, and re-purpose existing buildings for catering, garden centre and retail use. Other material featured in the planning submission includes garden designs by landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, who produced the master plan for the site.

The application will now be referred to the Secretary of State due to the green belt status of the site. There are still many stages involved in creating this world-class garden but we look forward to updating you as our plans progress.

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General said: “The granting of planning permission in principle is a huge milestone for this unique project. We have consulted the public widely about our proposal and we have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received.”


Our £35m Ovatus 1 tower for Prospect Capital UK has also received planning approval by Liverpool City Council. This is the first phase of the two-tower development on Old Hall Street in Liverpool. Ovatus 1 is a 27-storey residential tower compromising of 168 residential units with the majority being one or two bedroom apartments.

Stephen Hodder said: ‘“The building, its height and form, reinforces its gateway location. The materials, whilst necessarily robust, seek to capture and reflect the beautiful light in the estuary. Additionally, consideration of the public realm has been paramount so as to support pedestrian connections from Leeds Street to the city centre.”

Construction will commence later this year.

Ovatus II, comprising some 540 apartments, will be submitted for planning in the autumn, and if approved at 50 storeys, will become the tallest building in the City.

Alfreton Road

To complete the treble, Forest Mills, a proposal for 310 apartments on Alfreton Road, Nottingham for Maryland Securities has received planning consent from Nottingham City Council.