Work to create a 6.5-acre public park under the first phase of the Manchester mixed-use scheme has begun, while the build of 320,000 sq ft of offices will start next year.
Main contractor PP O’Connor is on site carrying out remediation work and a contractor to deliver the park and offices will be named in the coming weeks, according to the consortium delivering the project.
Mayfield, the redevelopment of a 24-acre former depot site close to Piccadilly Station into a mixed-use neighbourhood over the next 10 to 15 years, is being led by the Mayfield Partnership, which comprises developers U+I and LCR, as well as Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester.
Earlier this year, the Government pledged to provide £23m from its Getting Building Fund to Mayfield Park as part of its strategy to support ‘shovel-ready’ schemes that could spur the UK’s economic recovery following the Covid-19 crisis.
The public park, designed by architect Studio Egret West, will see the uncovering of the River Medlock, which runs underneath the Mayfield site. It is said to be the first public park to be built in Manchester for more than 100 years.
The first phase of Mayfield also features the construction of a pair of office buildings:
- The Poulton, designed by architect Bennetts Associates, located at the entrance to the Mayfield neighbourhood and offering 76,000 sq ft of workspace over nine storeys
- The Republic, designed by Morris + Company, a 13-storey, 244,000 sq ft office block.
A 581-space multistorey car park designed by Studio Egret West also features in the first phase of development.
Under the plans, Mayfield will eventually see the creation of 1,500 homes, 1.6m sq ft of commercial space, 300,000 sq ft of retail and leisure facilities and 14 acres of public realm.
Richard Upton, chief development officer at U+I, described the start on site as “momentous”, adding that the park is the “most important element of the whole neighbourhood”.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham added: “If we needed a reminder of the importance of accessible green spaces and the benefits they can bring for our mental and physical wellbeing, this year certainly brought one.
“A new public park can give a real lift to this part of Manchester, creating important community assets and jobs. As part of a much wider vision for the city centre, it can help to boost our economic recovery and transform urban space for the people who live, work and do business here.”
The start of the first phase of work follows the conversion of the former depot building at the site into a cultural venue including Escape to Freight Island, an outdoor leisure venture similar to Bruntwood’s Hatch on Oxford Road.
In addition, Logik Developments, chaired by former cricketer Andrew Flintoff, has lodged an application to build a 12-storey block containing 215,000 sq ft of offices and a 170,000 sq ft hotel at the Mayfield site.
Faithful+Gould is the project manager and cost consultant for Mayfield and RoC Consulting is the appointed geo-technical and geo-environmental engineer for the project.