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The Campfield project could deliver around 117,000 sq ft of workspace in total. Credit: Place North West

Manchester to unlock £17.5m for Allied’s Campfield tech campus 

Dan Whelan

The city council’s executive will meet next week to formally accept cash from the government’s Levelling Up Fund to pave the way for the conversion of two former market buildings on Liverpool Road into workspace for media and tech companies. 

Last year, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities awarded Manchester City Council £19.8m from its £4.8bn Levelling Up fund. 

Read more about the North West projects set to benefit from £232m from the Levelling Up Fund

A total of £17.5m will be passed on to developer Allied London to deliver the Campfield project, part of a wider council scheme called Culture in the City. 

A report to the city council’s executive said Culture in the City will deliver “high-quality, affordable tech and creative work and production space in under-developed parts of the city centre.” 

The Campfield development will see the grade two-listed Lower and Upper Campfield Market buildings revamped to provide 80,000 sq ft of flexible workspace for tech companies.  

Campfield House, a 32,000 sq ft office block between the two listed buildings, also features within the proposals although plans to revamp this element will be paid for by Allied London directly. 

In total, the Campfield project will see around 117,000 sq ft of workspace delivered. 

The project is part of Allied’s wider St John’s neighbourhood, which includes Enterprise City. 

Manchester City Council owns the two market buildings and has agreed to acquire Campfield House from Allied London on completion of the project. 

All three buildings will then be leased back to the developer, which will operate Campfield under its All Work and Social brand. 

“The project aims to broaden the creative and cultural infrastructure, which will support both the re-purposing and recovery of the city centre, and business start-up and skills development opportunities for local people within the creative sector,” the city council said. 

The remaining £2.3m of Manchester’s Levelling Up Fund award will be used to redevelop three disused railway arches at HOME on Whitworth Street West into a talent development centre.  

While Manchester’s Campfield Levelling Up bid was successful, another bid for £13.5m to revamp Withington Baths and create a new public square in the suburb was rejected. 

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Surely there are more worthy projects which will actually’ Level Up’ the inequalities in the city, rather than bankrolling an already successful developer in a proven commercial location.

By Level 42

Manchester is on par with major European capitals for Tech innovation. I am not sure why it needs this money. Level 42 has a point, we seem to be over-egging the pudding in the city centre.

By Elephant

I think it makes sense this will help with the tech momentum to attract more businesses create more jobs than if it was spent somewhere else.

By Meeseeks

Where did MOSI relocate their aircraft to?

By Bob

Hi Bob! We actually wrote about this in July. From that story: Most of the bikes, cars and planes on display are being returned to their original homes since the museum only had them on loan. That includes the replica Roe Triplane and Avro 554 Avian IIIA, which both will go back to Ellesmere Port-based preservation group The Aeroplane Collection. The English Eccentric P1A Jet is going to Boscombe Down Aviation Collection. The Royal Air Force Avro Shackleton is off to the Avro Heritage Museum at the old Woodford Aerodrome in Stockport. Staying at the Science and Industry Museum are the 1905 Rolls-Royce motor car and the 1912 Ford Model T. The former is currently on display in the museum’s Revolution Manchester gallery. The Model T will be used in future displays at the museum to illustrate Manchester’s motor manufacturing history.

By Julia Hatmaker

“English Eccentric P1A”, how that sums up the post war British aviation industry. Given that there have been plans in circulation for this project for at least two years, how were they proposing to pay for it before the Levelling Up money appeared?

By Anonymouse

Manchester deserves better

By Cal