The first phase of a £1.4bn mixed-use scheme to regenerate Mayfield in Manchester has been unanimously approved by Manchester City Council.
The first phase of the project will include 319,900 sq ft of commercial space across two buildings, including The Republic, which features 244,000 sq ft of office space, and The Poulton, which has 75,900 sq ft of commercial space.
The Mayfield Partnership—a collaboration by Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), LCR and developer U+I—will begin building the park at the centre of the development and some of the surrounding buildings this year.
The plan, which will take 10 to 15 years to complete, is expected to see 1,500 homes, 1.6m sq ft of office space, a 650-bedroom hotel, and retail and leisure space built on the 26-acre site, which has a 6.5-acre park at its heart.
“The Mayfield scheme will deliver real improvements and opportunities for Manchester’s people,” said Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council. “Not only will it create a significant new city-centre green space for people to enjoy—something which was integral to the master planning of this development—but it will also deliver thousands of new jobs, transforming an unloved and largely underused part of the city centre into a world-class gateway.”
U+I’s chief development officer, Richard Upton, said: “Mayfield will be one of the UK’s defining urban developments this decade.”
He added: “These plans for the first phase bring together exceptional new workplaces with cultural space, centred on a beautifully landscaped park that will provide a transformative and sustainable public amenity for the people of Manchester long into the future.”