Old Quay, Runcorn


Full planning permission was granted for the extensive regeneration of a former shipyard adjacent to the Manchester Ship Canal. This mixed-use development including 466 residential units, embraces views across the River Mersey and has provided a new face for Runcorn and a new waterfront for the region.

The development consists of several independent blocks, arranged as a series or ‘fingers’ perpendicular to canal edge to maximise views across the water as well as maintain private landscaped courtyards across the site. The development spearheaded the regeneration of a neglected brownfield area into a vibrant new community and opens up public access to the old quay of the Manchester Ship Canal.

The architectural challenges presented by the site, which has a strong industrial heritage but sits within a tight urban grain, offered opportunities to create a scheme that would strive to enhance and celebrate this area.

The scheme was designed and led by our directors Neil Brown and David Skidmore, whilst at Broadway Malyan Architects.

Client: Peel Holdings
Structural Engineer: SKM
Services & Sustainability: Buro Happold
Contract Value: £90m
Status: Built (2008)