Progress at the new Mayfield development continues, a plan which is set to transform the derelict site into a new mixed-use neighbourhood.
It aims to deliver 14 acres of new public space, including the city’s first new park in more than 100 years surrounding the banks of the River Medlock, as well as 1,500 new homes, 1.7m sq ft of office space, shops, a 650-bed hotel and a car park opposite Manchester Piccadilly Station.
The £1.4bn scheme, which is being brought forward by the Mayfield Partnership – a public-private venture comprising U+I, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and LCR – will also create more than 10,000 office, retail, leisure and construction jobs.
An application for the first phase of the development, which as well as the 6 acre public park includes a nine-storey 70,000 sq ft office building, 12-storey 244,000 sq ft office building and 581-space multi-storey car park, was submitted to Manchester City Council late last year.
The site is currently home to Depot Mayfield – a venue that is helping to put Mayfield at the heart of Manchester’s cultural life – which opened last summer and will run for the next five years.
A joint venture between the Mayfield Partnership and Broadwick Live, Mayfield Depot was created to host a diverse programme of cultural activities while the wider regeneration site progresses. The venue is already making a major impression; 225,000 people attended events there in 2019, which generated £7.9m for the local economy.
Subject to planning permission, work on the first phase of the scheme will commence in summer 2020.