The area around Piccadilly Station has remained mostly unused and derelict for years.
Famed for its empty old dilapidated buildings, humorous Google Street Maps images and more recently a spate of impressive events, the area near Piccadilly Train Station called Mayfield has long been earmarked for a serious cash injection and renovation.
Planning application for the first phase of this regeneration is due to be submitted this summer and it will feature a central park focussed on the River Medlock, an 8 floor office block, and most exciting of all – a 550 space multi-storey car park.
Don’t become too dismayed by this rather lacklustre news though – there’s still going to be a rather impressive central park in the area, a park that spans 6.5 acres and will look to creating an urban square, open greens for lawn sport, adventure play areas, floodable meadows and biodiverse ecological areas beside the River Medlock.
Not only this but plans for the future phases of the area look to create 1,500 homes, a 650-bedroom hotel, 800,000 sq ft of offices and some seriously cool retail and leisure space.
Within the current Mayfield Depot, developers will look to create a retail and leisure ‘street’ which opens out into the park while hosting a range of restaurants, bars and specialist independent stores.
On top of this, most of Temperance Street will become pedestrianised, creating a bustling new centre of shops, bars and restaurants.
As long as they don’t sell all of the units to bloody Nando’s and Wagamama, keeping things as local and independent as possible, this would help create an exciting new hub in the city to rival the NQ and Ancoats.
In the meantime, Mayfield will still play host to a range of events including the always fantastic GRUB in Fairfield Social Club, immersive cinema and theatre and of course – the HUGE Manchester Pride Festival in August.
For more details on the development, visit the Mayfield development website below…