Salford City Council planners have given the go ahead for plans that will see MediaCityUK double in size.
The £1Bn extension project will the creation of up to ten new buildings, creating over 1,400 new homes and hundreds of employment opportunities.
MediaCityUk is already home to the BBC, ITV, The Lowry, dock10 studios, apartments and hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars, the University of Salford, Salford City College and the UTC.
This phase is part of a 20 year plan to transform the Salford docklands by a joint venture between Peel Land and Property and Legal and General Capital.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett commented: ““Back in 2006, Salford City Council granted planning permission for 15.1 hectares of development. Phase one has successfully been completed and now we are moving towards the second phase which will see MediaCityUK double in size.
“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.”
Plans for this second phase of redevelopment include:
The Arcade – retail/leisure and office space around a pedestrian arcade with office space above.
Studio Square – office building and pocket park.
Georgian Square – a new public courtyard, a six-storey podium on top of which would be two slender taller buildings of 14 and 25 storeys with residents terraces and winter gardens, and 18 three-storey live/work units and separate commercial office space.
Market Square – a contemporary ‘village hall’ with seating for dining and square for markets and events.
London Square – 14 three storey town houses with 460 apartments on the upper floors, and gym, cinema room and shared office space.
Northern Edge – a new ‘gateway’ to MediaCityUK comprising three buildings with 632 apartments, six two storey live/work units, office space, retail and leisure uses, a cycle hub and three multi-storey car parks.
Stephen Wild, Managing Director, MediaCityUK added: “We’re delighted to have received the support of the planning panel for the next stage in the delivery of a vision for MediaCityUK, that is shared by all our partners both public and private. Phase two will provide a unique opportunity for a new generation of designs to complement what is already a thriving and vibrant destination.
“Like any city, we continue to grow in line with the needs of businesses, and our ambition to create more exciting experiences for visitors and residents. The plans approved today show the huge potential for the MediaCityUK of 2026.”