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Discover Salford - A Growing City
From the Royal Horticultural Society's plans to create a stunning 63 hectare garden to the rapid development of iconic new buildings and homes across the city, Salford is growing on many levels. RHS Garden Bridgewater is set to be as much of a 'gamechanger' as developing Salford Quays and MediaCityUK has been for the city.
Tourism is also at a record high. The latest figures show a 7.6% increase in visitor spend in Salford from the previous year which is now at £585 million. Visitor figures have now reached 7.4 million - an increase of 4.6%.
As we enter the start of the growing season, it's a great time to visit the city's 60 parks and open spaces. The largest and most popular park in the city is Buile Hill which has links to many important historical figures including the artist LS Lowry and Frances Hodgson Burnett, the author of the classic children's novel The Secret Garden.
At Clifton Country Park, visitors can explore acres of open woodland and meadows, enjoy lakeside walks or discover the hidden remnants of the city's industrial past. Other iconic green spaces include the Blue Peter garden at MediaCityUK, Ordsall Hall's garden and World War 1 Allotment and Peel Park - one of Britain's oldest recreational places - currently under major redevelopment and also the subject of many paintings by LS Lowry.
The city is growing by capitalising on its unique assets and entrepreneurial skills to provide real benefits for its rapidly increasing population. Since the millennium, Salford has become home to a new world-class arts venue and sporting stadium, Greater Manchester's first 5-star hotel and the UK's first purpose built media city. With the BBC, ITV and hundreds of small media companies, MediaCityUK has added up to £1bn to Salford's economy and there's more to come with phase two now underway.
The Lowry, Greater Manchester's top tourist attraction, is surrounded by the Lowry Outlet shopping mall, new hotels, improved transport links, Salford University's MediaCityUK campus and the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre. The £70 million Soapworks development of a former Colgate Palmolive soap factory is transforming Ordsall's waterfront into a modern and dynamic centre for business, creativity and leisure.
Along Chapel Street, Salford University is investing £150m in its campus while the former magistrate's court, Salford Royal Hospital and the Grade II listed town hall are now stylish apartments. Vimto Gardens is providing new homes on the former site of the Vimto factory, with new shops, hotels, restaurants and bars springing up.
Alongside the Lowry Hotel, Greengate, once the medieval heart of Salford, is being transformed with new homes and businesses and set to be the catalyst for £400 million in private sector investment. Over 3,500 new homes along with two million sq ft of commercial space will make it the thriving heart of Salford once again. Next door is New Bailey, Salford's new commercial district which since 2013 has seen £200m of investment creating 700 new jobs as well as homes, hotel rooms and office space.
Further afield, Port Salford, Britain's first road, rail and river port, could create 10,000 jobs close to Irlam and Cadishead as this major distribution hub comes on stream. Over the next 20 years, Salford's economy is set to grow by over £4 billion, almost doubling in size creating new jobs and opportunities for residents.
This growing city hosts hundreds of cultural, arts, sporting and family friendly events and activities so click here to find out what's going on in this amazing city. #discoversalford