MediaCityUK set to double in size in next 10 years costing more than £1 billion

MediaCityUK is set to double in size over the next decade - featuring offices, apartments, shops, restaurants and public spaces with a pedestrian promenade - under ambitious plans submitted to Salford City Council

Up to ten new buildings are envisaged with a development value of more than £1 billion. Key features of phase two of MediaCityUK include 540,000 sq ft of offices, 1,800 apartments, retail and leisure, and public spaces with a pedestrian promenade running through the scheme.

Outline approval for the plans was granted in 2006 on condition that detailed proposals, including all building designs and specifications, would be brought forward this year. The plans are expected to be considered by Salford’s planning panel in September.

MediaCityUK is a joint venture between Peel Land and Property and Legal and General Capital, and already houses 250 businesses including the BBC, ITV, dock10, Ericsson and SIS.

Stephen Wild, managing director of MediaCityUK, said: “We pride ourselves on having created much-loved buildings such as The Pie Factory and The Greenhouse. 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 business – today’s plans show the huge potential for the MediaCityUK of 2026.”

Tim Partington, director ofmaster plannersChapman Taylor, said: “MediaCityUK is already a leading international hub for the creative and digital sectors, a centre of learning and a visitor destination. Phase two will bring a new residential community supported by high quality public realm, leisure and retail facilities, ensuring that the development is a sustainable urban neighbourhood and an exemplar for the 21st century.”

Renowned restaurant and bar group The Alchemist has announced that it is to open a beautifully designed, purpose-built venue in the heart of MediaCity, offering locals and visitors another impressive place to eat and drink.

The new venue will be located adjacent to the expansive waterfront on the walkway between MediaCityUK and The Lowry Outlet and will have floor to ceiling glazing, an external terrace/deck over the water, with wonderful views across the whole site, including the new home for ITV’s Coronation Street.

The restaurant will offer 100 dining covers, 45 seated bar covers and 65 terrace covers.


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