Masterplanning: £1bn MediaCityUK expansion approved
Published on 01/09/2016
MediaCityUK, masterplanned by Chapman Taylor, has been granted planning by Salford City Council for ten new buildings which will form part of the next phase of development.
Phase two has a development value of more than £1 billion and includes innovative public spaces, offices, shops and residential courts with a pedestrian promenade running through the scheme.
Chapman Taylor along with six architectural practices are involved in the next stage with 72% of the area dedicated to residential apartments including one of the UK’s largest PRS developments; the intention being to complement the ‘commercial’ character already delivered in Phase 1 and complete the original vision for a dynamic and sustainable urban neighbourhood. This will also involve a change of urban grain, scale and a richer mix of uses and materials.
Chapman Taylor, Director, Tim Partington said: ‘MediaCityUK is already a leading international hub for the creative and digital sectors, a centre of learning and a visitor destination. Phase two will bring a new residential community supported by high quality public realm, leisure and retail facilities, ensuring that the development is a sustainable urban neighbourhood and an exemplar for the 21st century. Chapman Taylor has led a team of architects to design the exciting £1 billion regeneration project which will boost the Northern Powerhouse’’
Development at MediaCityUK continues apace with the new Tomorrow building coming on stream during the summer and The Lightbox apartment block due to commence construction in early 2017.
The plots, which will be developed in phases, have been designed by six architects; Chapman Taylor developed the masterplan and designed three plots including; a residential PRS scheme, Grade A offices along with multi-storey parking, live/work studio apartments, bicycle hub and a new energy centre. Hodder+Partners,a mix of studio offices and apartments and multi-storey parking; Jeffrey Bell Architects, live/work, studio offices and apartments along with a public square and a significant market hall building; Sheppard Robson, landmark Grade A offices; 5plus architects, a mix of retail leisure and apartments and AHR who have designed two waterside residential plots.
Pictured: MediacityUK Phase 2, Chapman Taylor designs for plots C3 & C6.