Economic development and regeneration consultancy Ekosgen has been appointed to advise on the delivery of Irwell City Park.
The consultancy will be working with Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company and the local authority partners behind the scheme to open up the Irwell and put it back at the heart of the city region.
Ekosgen is tasked with evaluating how investment should be phased over the next five years, assessing the economic benefits of key projects and developing a funding strategy to draw in public and private sector support.
The Irwell City Park project includes the development of an internationally- recognised waterfront destination for Greater Manchester along an 8km stretch of the River Irwell. This will see the creation of premier urban realm spaces and linkages will enable the region to compete with other major waterfront destinations.
The project is being delivered in partnership with Manchester City Council, Salford City Council, Trafford Council and the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA).
Commenting on the appointment, Steve Potter from Ekosgen said: “We’re thrilled to be part of the project team and look forward to playing a key role in the delivery of this internationally significant scheme.”
Chris Farrow, chief executive of Central Salford URC, added: “Ekosgen will be a great asset to our project team. This is a critical time for the consultancy to come on board now detailed design work is being progressed along the stretch of riverside between MediaCityUK and Manchester city centre, which will provide the potential setting for £3billion private sector investment.”