Mayfield Development Partnership has been given permission to install temporary structures on the 24-acre former station site, including a market, events space, and office.
U+I was confirmed as the developer for the £850m project last October, chosen by the Mayfield Partnership, made up of London & Continental Railways, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester.
Studio Egret West is lead urban designer, architect and landscape architect.
While a masterplan for the overall scheme is being drawn up, the team plans to construct a four-storey temporary building on an empty site off Baring Street, for events, exhibition and offices, alongside a community-use garden.
The plot is 17,000 sq ft, and is set to house a sheltered market space with 100 covers, stepped seating, and raised offices, for use by U+I. Consultation events around the emerging plans for Mayfield are expected to be held on the site.
Repurposed shipping containers would be used to provide the ground floor market stalls, with additional structure formed from scaffolding.
The site, once home to the Mayfield railway station, has been derelict for over a decade.
U+I plans to save the station building and retain other heritage assets in the area.
The Mayfield site is expected to provide 1,300 homes, 800,000 sq ft of office space, a 350-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities and a new city park in total creating over 7,500 office, retail, leisure and construction jobs.