Timekeepers Square

A tranquil community awash with nature in the heart of the city.

English Cities Fund
Completed 2017
trees frame a square of grey brick townhouses on a sunny day

Timekeepers Square is a development of 36 two, three and four-bedroom townhouses, forming part of the English Cities Fund Salford Central regeneration scheme.

Located within the Salford Adelphi/Bexley Square conservation area, the development is located adjacent to the Grade II* listed St Philips church and the Georgian square which it fronts. The area also encompasses a Victorian courthouse, St John's RC cathedral, and the former Salford Town Hall - all of which are Grade II listed.

Exterior image of a row of modern townhouses.

A major design driver of the project was to create a contemporary city centre neighbourhood that sat comfortably and sensitively with the area's surrounding heritage.

The design of the houses takes precedent from the area’s Georgian terraces and reinterprets this in a contemporary manner.

The new townhouses respond to the Georgian terraces in height and massing and have a strong vertical emphasis with repetitive and regular rhythm applied to the fenestration patterns. This is further emphasised by deep recesses to the windows and door sets, which contrast and add detail to the flat façade treatments. 

"Those living in the houses described their personal spaces as quiet sanctuaries. However, this tranquility of quietness is often accompanied by an isolation from others. The design of Timekeepers Square is unique in combating this, the communal and open access promenade and interconnected gardens have been an innovative solution in creating communal space, without compromising personal stillness."
Dr Jackie Waldock, Not Quite Light 2018.
Exterior image of a row of modern townhouses.

The new terraces reinstate the area’s lost urban grain, strengthening church’s setting as a focal point and defining a new pedestrian boulevard at the heart of the development.

The existing historic streetscape has also been reiterated with the close relationship between facade and back of pavement lending character to the new development and heritage value to the existing area.

A restrained material palette defines the scheme as a new, distinct place. Grey brickwork creates a homogeneity that reinforces the development’s contemporary identity, while mediating between the Georgian brickwork and the sandstone of St Phillips.

Exterior image of a modern townhouse at dusk.
Exterior image of a modern townhouse.

Internally, homes have been designed to be accessible to the widest range of users. Clear widths have been provided between kitchen units, beds, hallways, and doors. All have ground-floor WC facilities and properties can also provide entrance level bed-space.

As Salford's demographic matures, a new population has emerged, looking for family homes and amenity space but with access to a city lifestyle. Timekeepers Square is directed at this currently underrepresented market by successfully balancing access to urban facilities with private gardens and roof terraces and to pedestrian, play friendly, home zone streets.

“The selection of our architects is key to realising our vision and Buttress were selected based on their acclaimed residential experience and exemplary understanding of placemaking.”
Phil Mayall, English Cities Fund
Exterior image of a row of modern townhouses.


Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Awards 2018: Shortlisted for Building of the Year

Housing Design Awards 2018: Winner of the Richard Feilden Award

RIBA North West Awards 2018: Winner

Civic Trust Awards 2018: National Winner

RICS Awards North West 2018: Winner of the Residential Award

Insider North West Residential Property Awards 2018: Winner of Small Housing Development of the Year

Manchester Society of Architects Awards 2017: Winner of Best Multiple Residential

Manchester Society of Architects Awards 2017: Shortlisted for Building of the Year

The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2017: Shortlisted for Development of the Year

Brick Awards 2017: Shortlisted for Large Housing Development of the Year & Winner of the Urban Regeneration Award

Housing Design Awards 2016: Shortlisted

Manchester Society of Architects Awards 2015: Winner of Best Multiple Residential (unbuilt)

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© Daniel Hopkinson

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