How offices in Salford Quays became a destination for local commuters

Salford Quays bridge

Three decades of regeneration have seen offices in Salford Quays become a key destination for commuters from Ordsall, other parts of Salford and Greater Manchester as a whole, according to researchers.

Andreas Schulze Baing and Cecilia Wong are lecturers at the University of Manchester, and recently looked at the beneficial effects of the redevelopment of Salford Quays for local residents, workplaces and commuters.

Their conclusions were published in the September 2018 issue of Town Planning Review by Liverpool University Press and find that while relatively few nearby residents have taken highly skilled jobs in the media organisations and offices in Salford Quays, the area has become one of three key commuter destinations.

30 years of Salford Quays regeneration

The regeneration of Salford Quays dates back to 1985 and the creation of the Salford Quays Development Plan. The first phase of offices in Salford Quays opened in 1987 along with new residential properties, a hotel and a multiplex cinema.

By 1993 the water in the quays was clean enough for bathing and by the year 2000 the Salford Quays Metrolink line and the Lowry Theatre opened, soon followed by the Lowry Outlet shopping centre.

A permanent watersports centre came soon after that, along with the Imperial War Museum in 2002 and of course the construction of MediaCityUK in the latter half of the decade; finally, in 2010, the BBC relocated several departments to the new premises and the MediaCityUK spur of the Metrolink opened.

How have new offices in Salford Quays helped?

The researchers call Salford Quays the ‘jam filling’ of the local area – a concentrated focal point of prosperity and employment opportunities surrounded by the ‘dough’ of its neighbouring areas.

But this prosperity did not come at a cost of less skilled jobs, as the area was largely derelict, so although the majority of employment on the newly redeveloped Quays is highly skilled and highly educated, there have been some new jobs created for less qualified local residents too.

Meanwhile, Salford Quays as a whole has become one of three significant commuter destinations for residents of nearby areas, along with Trafford Park and Manchester city centre.

Work from our serviced offices in Salford Quays

Our serviced offices in Salford Quays put you at the heart of this prosperity and regeneration – with all of the benefits of the local amenities, public transport links and some of the most desirable postcodes in Greater Manchester and the north-west, and arguably the entire country.

We have serviced offices on Clippers Quay in the M50 MediaCity postcode, which was newly created in 2002 as the regeneration of Salford Quays gained pace.

Meanwhile just across Trafford Road, we also have serviced offices on Exchange Quay, which is in the M5 postcode – which previously applied to the MediaCity part of the Quays too.

Both of these give you the desirability of serviced offices in Manchester’s beating heart of business, the Salford Quays and MediaCityUK development, with meeting rooms to hire on-site and a host of complimentary facilities when you take office space in either of our Salford Quays office buildings.

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