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Huge expansion of MediaCityUK announced

Huge expansion of MediaCityUK announced

Hundreds of construction jobs are set to be created by a massive expansion of the MediaCityUK complex in Salford, which will see the site double in size.

Salford City Council has given the green light to plans by Peel Holdings to construct up to ten new buildings at the site, with most of the expansion coming on the north-east side, in addition to new residential blocks along the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal at the western end of the site.

The site currently contains a mix of media business premises and apartments, but most of the emphasis is on the former, including four departments of the BBC. However , the new development will be primarily residential, with more than 1,800 new homes being created.

Nonetheless, the development will still add 50,000 sq m of new business premises, 4,000 sq m of live/work units, 1,800 parking spaces and 4,400 sq m of retail space at the expanded site.

Residential developments will include Georgian Square, where a new public courtyard will be built in the form of a six-storey podium on which two tall buildings of 25 and 14 storeys respectively will sit. There will also be 18 three-storey live/work units and some office space.

Also in the plans will be London Square, a development of 14 three-storey town houses and 460 apartments, plus a gym and office space. The Northern Gateway will feature a trio of towers with 632 apartments, plus office, retail and bike parking space.

Commenting on the development, Salford mayor Paul Dennett said: "Back in 2006, Salford City Council granted planning permission for 15.1 hectares of development. Phase one has successfully been completed and now we are moving towards the second phase which will see MediaCityUK double in size.

"This phase will focus on creating welcoming neighbourhoods where people can live and work, socialise and enjoy events. It’s a very exciting development for Salford."

It is not just at MediaCityUK that the Quays could see new residential building. Last week Fortis Developments applied to build 645 apartments at a 3.7-hectare site on Furness Quay.

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