Development plans for New Smithfield Market

Rachael Tinniswood

A development partner is being sought by urban regeneration company New East Manchester, in order to create a 'one-stop-shop for the catering industry' at New Smithfield Market in Openshaw.

The existing market, which sits just outside Manchester city centre, has around 322 900 sq ft of lettable space on a 35-acre site which is currently 80% occupied by 42 businesses.

Eddie Smith, acting chief executive for New East Manchester said: "We want to realise the potential of this important market for wholesale food suppliers within the North West. We are looking for an experienced and dynamic development partner to work with us to deliver an innovative and sustainable scheme for the region."

Cllr Eddy Newman, executive member for neighbourhood services at Manchester City Council added: "Our vision for New Smithfield Market is to create a one-stop-shop for the catering industry rather than a purely traditional wholesale market which could include additional food industry related businesses. We are looking for proposals that show high quality design and good environmental and sustainability credentials."

Interested parties should contact Dominic Walsh at New East Manchester on 0161 231 9550 or e-mail for more information and a copy of the development brief. Expressions of interest must be submitted by 24 March 2008.

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