Manchester City Council has approved plans that will kickstart the £1.4bn regeneration of Mayfield. The transformation of a derelict part of Manchester’s industrial heritage into a distinctive and imaginative mixed-use neighbourhood – centred on the city’s first new public park in more than 100 years – can now get underway.
The decision allows The Mayfield Partnership to start of one of the UK’s largest urban regeneration projects, which includes extensive public space; 319,900 square feet of world class commercial space across two buildings, The Poulton and The Republic; and a multi-storey car park.
In unanimously supporting the applications, councillors praised the breadth of the public consultation and outreach to the local community during the process.
Reflecting on the result, James Heather of U+I who is leading the Mayfield development says:
“The Planning Committee was unanimous in its support for the first phase of Mayfield. We are delighted with this tremendous endorsement of our plans and can’t wait to move forward with this incredible project for the people of Manchester, which of course includes Mayfield Park.
“The result was a real team effort and I would like to thank, in particular, the hundreds of people who took part in consultation events over the last two years and who have helped shape the future of Mayfield.”
The neighbourhood is designed around a new 6.5-acre park, which will be built along the banks of the newly uncovered River Medlock that winds through the heart of the site, and will be overlooked by the two new commercial buildings.
Work is expected to commence on-site on the park and the buildings this year.
Deloitte Real Estate is planning adviser to the Mayfield Partnership. Studio Egret West is the overall masterplanner for Mayfield, landscape architect for Mayfield Park and has also designed the multi-storey car park. Bennetts Associates is designing The Poulton and Morris + Company The Republic.