Teesland iDG has signed a three-way development agreement for part of Manchester’s Irish World Heritage Centre.

Announced today, the industrial development partner of Kevin McCabe’s fund manager Teesland iOG is to develop a 250,000 sq ft (23,225 sq m) business park after signing an agreement with Manchester City Council and the Trustees of the Irish World Heritage Centre.

The heritage centre will be redeveloped by the Irish Diaspora Foundation on a site next to Manchester Fort Retail Park. It will include a museum, a hotel, playing fields and the business park which will be developed on a 25-acre (10ha) site. Teesland will spend £20m on the scheme which will also receive E2m (£1.4m) from the Irish Government.

Dermot Ahern, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs said: ‘It will provide the Irish community in Manchester with a state-of-the-art facility and garden and playground area to support the flourishing community activities, ranging from musical and sporting events to community functions and social activities for older Irish people in the area.’

Andrew Slipper, Managing Director of Teesland iDG, said: ‘This has been two years in the planning stage, marrying the requirements of the trustees, The city council and ourselves.’