First phase of £1.1bn Mayfield moves forward

A planning application for the first phase of the project next to Manchester’s Piccadilly station will be submitted this summer, featuring a central park, 90,000 sq ft of offices, and a multi-storey car park.

The 30-acre site covers the former Mayfield station and depot on Fairfield Street, which has been largely under-used for decades.

Due to be submitted to Manchester City Council in the summer, the first phase of development will include a central park, focussed on the River Medlock, which runs through the site. Also included is an eight-storey office of 90,000 sq ft, and a 550-space multi-storey car park on Baring Street.

Public consultation will take place next month; events will take place at the Mayfield Depot on Friday 10 May and Saturday 11 May between 12pm and 7pm; while there will be further events on 17 May at Medlock Primary School, and in Piccadilly Gardens on 18 May.

The wider site could provide 1,500 homes, a 650-bedroom hotel, retail, and leisure space, as well as more than 800,000 sq ft of offices.

Studio Egret West is the overall masterplanner for Mayfield; landscape architect for Mayfield Park; and is preparing the detailed application for the first phase multi-storey car park. Bennetts Associates is the architect for the first office building.

Subject to planning consent, work could start later this year. The site is being developed by the Mayfield Partnership, made up of LCR, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, and developer U+I.

Richard Upton, deputy chief executive at U+I, said: “At the heart of our vision is the creation of a world class and socially inclusive neighbourhood which will attract businesses, residents and visitors, all drawn by the quality and vibrancy of the environment we are creating.

“We look forward to sharing our detailed proposals with the people of Manchester in May this year and I know from the conversations I have had with many people over the last two years there is a great deal of excitement about what Mayfield will deliver for our city.”

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