MediaCityUK expansion given planning consent

Vania Goncalves 6 Sep 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Salford City Council has approved the second phase of the MediaCityUK expansion project in Manchester, UK.

Phase two of the £1bn project will include the construction of ten new buildings.

It will feature 50,000sq m of business accommodation, over 4,000sq m of live/work units, 1,871 residential units including town houses, over 4,000sq m of retail and leisure space and over 1,800 car parking spaces.
Salford City mayor Paul Dennett said: “Back in 2006, Salford City Council granted planning permission for 15.1 hectares of development. Phase one has successfully been completed and now we are moving towards the second phase, which will see MediaCityUK double in size.

“This phase will focus on creating welcoming neighbourhoods where people can live and work, socialise and enjoy events. It’s a very exciting development for Salford.

“With the University of Salford, Salford City College and the UTC now all based in MediaCityUK and training young people for the media and creative industries, we’re not only growing the buildings, we’re growing the people to work in them and the global digital media and communications industry.

“This is all part of a major building boom in Salford which is bringing thousands of new homes and square metres of business accommodation to our city creating further jobs and opportunities on our doorstep for the people of Salford.”

MediaCityUK managing director Stephen Wild said: “Phase two will provide a unique opportunity for a new generation of designs to complement what is already a thriving and vibrant destination.

“Like any city, we continue to grow in line with the needs of businesses, and our ambition to create more exciting experiences for visitors and residents. The plans approved today show the huge potential for the MediaCityUK of 2026.” 

Phase one of the development — now complete — provides office and studio space for the BBC and accommodation for the University of Salford and ITV.

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