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Manchester Airport City scheme gets go ahead

Manchester Airport Group is now in a position to begin work on its planned development of Airport City after receiving approval for the scheme.

The planned Airport City business park is set to offer up to 1.2 million sq ft of grade-A office space once completed, as well as 53,000 sq ft of advanced manufacturing facilities, 62,000 sq ft of ancillary retail sites, a new hotel featuring up to 1,300 beds, extensive parking for visitors and a landscaped 'green bridge' over the M56.

Covering approximately 65 acres, drywall specialists and other construction staff are set to get work on the project in the coming weeks, with the new property to be situated on scrub land in the vicinity of the M56 and Woodhouse Park in Wythenshawe.

Airport City director John Atkins said: "The planning approval is a major milestone, underlining the progress made in the last 12 months and enables us to progress to the delivery stage in 2013, driving forward opportunities to attract investment and create jobs."

The £650 million development is expected to provide a major boost to employment for building staff in the north-west, with more than 11,000 positions to be created over the coming years.

Furthermore, the development is expected to attract considerable business investment, as companies make use of the excellent transport links offered by Airport City's close proximity to both Manchester International Airport and a number of major trunk routes in the north-west, including the M56 and M6.

The news follows recent comments from chief executive at FreshStart Living Charlie Cunningham, who stated Manchester and the Salford area in particular are proving exceedingly popular among property developers at present.

According to the sector expert, the city is attracting considerable investment due to the large number of students heading to Manchester universities, meaning developers are putting funds into the provision of more accommodation for this group. 

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