Salford City Council grants approval for second phase expansion of MediaCityUK
Salford City Council has given approval for the second phase of the expansion of MediaCityUK.
Up to ten new buildings with a development value of over £1bn will be constructed, a move that will create more than 1,400 new homes and hundreds of jobs.
The area already includes the BBC and ITV studios, as well as The Lowry, dock10 studios, apartments and hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars, the University of Salford, Salford City College, and the UTC.
Phase two will provide more than 50,000m² of business accommodation, over 4,000m² of live and work units, 1,871 residential units including town houses, 4,400m² of retail and leisure space, and over 1,800 car parking spaces.
Each plot has been designed by a different architect, with a sixth firm co-ordinating the overall layout.
Salford City's mayor Paul Dennett said: “This phase will focus on creating welcoming neighbourhoods where people can live and work, socialise and enjoy events. It’s a very exciting development for Salford.
“With the University of Salford, Salford City College, and the UTC now all based in MediaCityUK and training young people for the media and creative industries, we are not only growing the buildings, we are growing the people to work in them and the global digital media and communications industry.”
The development will feature The Arcade, a retail, leisure and office space, and Studio Square, an office building and pocket park.
In addition, it will feature a public courtyard, and two 14 and 25 storey buildings with resident terraces and winter gardens.
Image: Aerial of MediaCityUK. Photo: courtesy of University of Salford Press Office.