Campfield Market Hall to be revamped as ‘tech centre’ in £17.5m refurbishment

The former Market is set to receive a huge chunk of cash from the 'Levelling Up' fund to convert it into a modern hub for media and tech firms.
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The Grade II Listed Campfield Market and Lower Campfield Market have been allocated £17.5m for an extensive makeover.

They were built way back in the 1870s.

Manchester City Council have reached an agreement with developers Allied London to make over the site on Liverpool Road.

Allied London will repair, refurbish and fit out these heritage buildings to create a new Campfield tech, media and creative industries hub within St. John’s which will be operated by its managed workspace platform All Work & Social.

A third building, Castlefield House owned by Allied London, will also be repositioned as part of the masterplan to provide complementary workspace for tech and media businesses.

Campfield is one of two schemes which together formed the Culture In The City project which the Council was awarded almost £20m of Government Levelling Up funding in autumn 2021.

The remaining £2.2m will see three heritage railway arches, between arts venue HOME and Whitworth Street West, converted into a creative talent development centre to be operated by HOME.

More details of this are set to be announced in the new year.

The Council say  Campfield will attract and support start-up, recovery and scale-up businesses in the tech, innovation and media sectors.

The Campfield market buildings will provide 83,000 sq. ft. of modern workspace including a minimum of 400 hot desks plus meeting rooms, event spaces and other facilities accessible on a permanent occupier or drop-in basis.

Over a 15-year period, it is anticipated that 1,600 jobs will be created and a further 2,400 jobs sustained.

The project will build on the success of the Exchange Tech Hub in the Bonded Warehouse and form part of wider plans for Enterprise City in St John’s including the ABC Building, the Globe Building, and Manchester Goods Yard which is already the home of Booking.com and Cloud Imperium Games.

Work on Campfield will start in the new year and be completed by spring 2024.

Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig said: “Campfield is an exciting initiative which will see these two heritage buildings help play a dynamic part in Manchester’s future, giving innovative businesses an affordable place to flourish and helping to create the jobs of tomorrow.

“Having a location in the heart of the city centre, as part of a cluster of similar businesses, will create an environment where tech, media and creative entrepreneurs – whether they are starting up or scaling up – can network and share inspiration.

“Manchester has always been a city of innovation and creativity. Campfield will help ensure it continues to be.”

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