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Contractor appointed for Manchester Mayfield project

Contractor appointed for Manchester Mayfield project

A contractor has been appointed to develop and deliver a major mixed-use project next to Manchester's Piccadilly station.

The 24-acre Mayfield plot lies between the railway line and Mancunian Way, with Baring Street bordering it to the west. The site includes the now redundant Mayfield depot, above which sits the shell of the former Manchester Mayfield Station, which acted as another city centre hub for passenger services entering the city from the south and east until it was closed in the 1970s.

U+I has been chosen by Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and landowners London and Continental Railways to proceed with the £850 million development, with a planning application set to be submitted next year. The plan envisages 1,000 new homes, a hotel, leisure and retail space and over 800,000 sq ft of new offices.

Explaining the choice of U+I, city council leader Sir Richard Leese said: "It was a challenging decision given the exceptionally high calibre of candidates; however, we were particularly impressed by U+I’s innovative approach.

"The regeneration of this key gateway site, along with the proposed Network Rail Northern hub scheme and the HS2 station will ensure a lasting legacy for Manchester and over time contribute towards fulfilling the Northern Powerhouse growth agenda."

Since its closure, Mayfield had lain derelict and unused, except occasionally as a film set, such as the depiction of a ruined Sheffield Station in the post-apocalyptic TV drama The Last Train.

Among the plans for its re-use included reopening it as an extension to Piccadilly to increase capacity, or demolishing it to make way for a new bus and coach station. The latter idea was one of the proposals for the use of the money that would have been raised from the congestion charge, had Manchester voted for it in a local referendum in 2008. The vote emphatically rejected the charge and Mayfield has lain dormant for several more years.

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