£1bn MediaCityUK expansion given green light
MediaCityUK will double in size, with up to 10 new buildings creating 1,400 new homes and “hundreds of jobs.”
The £1bn plans were given the go-ahead this afternoon by Salford City Council.
“We’re delighted to have received the support of the planning panel for the next stage in the delivery of a vision for MediaCityUK, that is shared by all our partners both public and private. Phase two will provide a unique opportunity for a new generation of designs to complement what is already a thriving and vibrant destination,” said Stephen Wild, managing director, MediaCityUK.
“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 2 extends across 8 plots on the North Eastern part of the site.
“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,” explained Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett.
“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.”
New areas will include retail, leisure and office space, The Arcade;
Studio Square, an office building and “pocket park”;
Georgian Square, a new public courtyard, a six-storey podium on top of which would be two slender taller buildings of 14 and 25 storeys with residents terraces and winter gardens and 18 three-storey live/work units and separate commercial office space.
Market Square, a contemporary ‘village hall’ with seating for dining and square for markets and events.
London Square, 14 three storey town houses with 460 apartments on the upper floors, and gym, cinema room and shared office space.
Northern Edge, a new ‘gateway’ to MediaCityUK comprising three buildings with 632 apartments, six two storey live/work units, office space, retail and leisure uses, a cycle hub and three multi-storey car parks.
In total it will lead to an additional:
50,000sq m of business accommodation;
more than 4,000 sq m of “live/work” units;
1871 residential units, including town houses
4440 sq m of retail and leisure space
1800 car parking spaces.
Each plot has been designed by a different architect, with a sixth firm co-ordinating the entire layout.