Brand-new city centre tech facility to open in former Campfield Market building

The historic Upper and Lower Campfield Market will be transformed into a creative, tech and media hub.

By Emma Davidson | January 6th '23

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Back in 2021 it was reported that Manchester City Council was to receive £19.8m from the government’s Culture in the City scheme, part of which will now go into the transformation of the Grade II listed Campfield Market buildings.

Located in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw away from Castlefield Bowl, the buildings will be repaired and refurbished into a tech, media and creative hub. Together, the two will provide 83,000 sq ft of workspace including a minimum of 400 hot desks, event spaces and meeting rooms.

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The Council has entered a legal agreement with developer Allied London who will operate the facility once open under its workspace platform All Work & Social. Completion is set to be in the Spring of 2024 with work expected to begin on renovations later this year. 

The Campfield Market buildings will make up part of Allied’s £1bn St John masterplan. Full of rich history, the buildings once housed a Victorian market hall where traders sold cheese and vegetables, alongside playing host to travelling exhibitions. 

Manchester City Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig praised the Campfield Market project.

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“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,” Craig said.

“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.”