CGIs by Bennetts Associates Architects show how the 24-acre Mayfield project could look, according to the strategic regeneration framework approved by Manchester City Council in 2014

Shortlist announced for £550m Mayfield development

Argent, Urban & Civic, and a consortium made up of Ask, Carillion and Patrizia have been chosen as the final three developers to bid to lead the regeneration of a 24-acre derelict site in Manchester, which will extend the city up towards Piccadilly Station.

Mayfield Partnership, made up of London & Continental Railways, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester, opened the search for a development partner for the Mayfield Quarter in September 2015.

A longlist for the project was revealed in February, which also included Muse Developments, U+I Group, and Goodman.

The three bidders will now enter into the third and final stage of the competitive tender process where they will continue discussions with the partnership until a preferred bidder is identified.

A development partner is due to be appointed in summer 2016.

The partnership will enter into a joint venture arrangement to take forward the comprehensive regeneration of the derelict Mayfield site which will reshape and extend the city towards Manchester Piccadilly, along the lines site out in the council’s Mayfield Strategic Regeneration Framework.

Bennetts Associates Architects advised on the framework.

Mayfield Quarter is set to create around 1,300 homes, 800,000 sq ft of offices, a 350-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities and a new six-acre city park along a remediated River Medlock.

The plan for the site fits alongside Network Rail’s Northern Hub scheme which is scheduled to complete in 2018, and the proposed HS2 station at Piccadilly.

David Joy, chief executive of LCR, said:We are very impressed with the response to tender – the opportunity has attracted a number of high calibre bidders. The chosen development partner will lead on master-planning the site as well as high quality place-making, through to delivery of the necessary infrastructure and the development itself. We look forward to working with our partners to complete the final stage so that we can ensure the successful delivery of a scheme which is set to realise long term benefits for the local area and the city of Manchester.”

LCR is wholly owned by the Department for Transport, and specialises in the management, development and disposal of property assets within a railway context.

JLL is advising the Mayfield Partnership on the procurement process.

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Like the sound of the park.

By Elephant

Please please please let the winner be Urban & Civic.

ASK should be allowed nowhere near this.

By AC1

A park in this location could be just what the city centre needs. Lets hope its big enough and done right

By Gregg

Urban and Civic are doing the Village corner plot.Can’t say that is anything special. Pretty average. Not offensive,but hardly the Chrysler building.

By Elephant

Ask yourself where is the diversity in the chosen 3. Same old. Big opportunity to introduce new ideas missed

By Sceptical

Sceptical is right.Just another boring plan.I suppose anything is an improvement on the slum around Piccadilly now.

By Elephant

The Chrysler building Elephant? You’re not serious, most already feel the proposal is far too tall as it is.

By York Street

I think Elephant may have been referring more to the design of the buildings than the scale. Look very bland from the indicative renders

By Gregg

I wasn’t expecting a building of the Chrysler’s height. Just something a bit more innovative than that.If it is in the Village,it needs to be a less corporate looking.

By Elephant

Both projects will sadly result in the CPO of the Star and Garter

By Chuck

Very sad that each scheme will result in the CPO of the Star and Garter, the cultural cleansing of the city continues. Blandchester here we come.

By Alex

Manchester city council shouldn’t be allowed to pick the designs. All these exactly the same looking glass buildings keep popping up and it’s ruining the historic look of Manchester

By Hannah

what are the chances of someone with a background/interest in intelligent urbanism being part of the bid?

public procurement has a very poor reputation for results and even legality and the process should be scrutinised carefully and challenged if necessary

By philip atkinson

It could be anywhere, it all feels very bland, average and well, just samey.

City Councillors, remember that Manchester Original Modern ‘brand signifier’ you invested in? Revisit it, think about those values. Ask yourself, is this development good enough? Average developments like this move us closer to being just another (unoriginal glass and cheaply cladded) clone city somewhere outside of London….. and there’s no longterm value for any of us in that.

By Andrew TC

More tower blocks? Something much more creative and unique is needed.

By David

Come on then guys, what sort of Manchester-specific architecture would you prefer?

By Tim Lane

There is a movement called Manchester Shield trying to put a stop to the uglification of Manchester. You should get involved and input your knowledge and experience, don’t just be keyboard warriors.

By Loganberry