The creation of new public areas are the first stage of the regeneration of the area, in a joint venture between Central Salford URC, Salford City Council, English Partnerships, Network Rail and ASK Developments.
Detailed designs for the public realm are due to be submitted in February 2009, with work on the ground expected to start in autumn 2009. Carillion is being brought in at this early stage to help inform the designs and ensure that they deliverable.
Phase 1 of the Greengate public realm is to be funded by £5.5 million of English Partnerships funding and private sector funding through Section 106 contributions.
Cllr Derek Antrobus, Salford City Council's lead member for planning, said: "The public sector continues to plan for growth and prosperity and to move forward despite the challenges posed by current economic circumstances.
"Apart from the immediate economic benefits of this investment, it will ensure that development can move ahead swiftly when the property market picks up. There is a clear long-term commitment by developers in this area who recognise that its location at the heart of the regional centre guarantees the success of investments."