Plans for the first phase of the £1.4bn Mayfield project are to be determined by the council next month, the developer said, as it unveiled new images for the mega-project in Manchester city centre.
The scheme is being brought forward by the Mayfield Partnership, which comprises developer U+I, Manchester City Council, LCR and Transport for Greater Manchester.
Phase one of the project comprises the delivery of the 6.5-acre Mayfield Park, focussed on the River Medlock and the city’s first park in a century, together with two office blocks totalling 314,000 sq ft designed by architects Bennetts Associates, and a 550-space multi-storey car park on Baring Street.
The first two planning applications submitted last year are expected to be determined on 13 February.
They form part of the wider Mayfield regeneration project, which aims to bring back into a use a previously derelict 30-acre site opposite Manchester Piccadilly station over the next 10-15 years.
Once complete, the redeveloped site could provide 1,500 homes, a 650-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure space, and more than 800,000 sq ft of offices.
The professional team includes Faithful + Gould, Stace, RoC, WSP and Buro Happold. Studio Egret West is the landscape architect for the office and the masterplanner for the wider Mayfield site. Subject to consent, work on the first phase is expected to begin in 2020.
Meanwhile, the partnership has been working to open up the previously inaccessible site to the public with a string of community initiatives hosted in 2019, including the Manchester Pride Live festival, a weekly street food market and an indoor mountain bike track.
Depot Mayfield, a partnership with event specialist Broadwick Live, saw the site become the new home of The Warehouse Project nightlife programme, which attracted 225,000 music fans, and the Mayfield Partnership in December acquired the freehold of the grade two-listed building that is home to the Star and Garter indie music venue, and agreed a 10-year lease to secure its future.
James Heather, development director for U+I and the Mayfield Partnership, said: “There’s a fundamental link between culture and regeneration and providing a home for some of Manchester’s best cultural events has helped us to reintroduce this forgotten area of the city to its people.”