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Plans to be submitted for first phase of £1.1bn Mayfield project

The Mayfield Partnership will submit a planning application for phase one of Manchester’s £1.1 billion Mayfield regeneration project this summer.

Subject to consent, new office space, a multi-storey car park and a public park will feature in the first stage of development at the 30-acre city centre site, which includes the Mayfield station building on Fairfield Street and the depot next to Piccadilly Station.

Ahead of the plans being put forward to Manchester City Council, a period of community consultation will take place in May at the Mayfield Depot as well as Piccadilly Gardens and Medlock Primary School in Ardwick.

The Mayfield Partnership, comprising government placemaking expert LCR, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and regeneration specialist U+I, is looking to develop a 6.5-acre managed public park around the River Medlock, which runs through the site.

Set to be Manchester’s first park in a century, it would also be complemented by additional areas of managed public realm within the scheme.

Meanwhile an eight-storey commercial building would provide the city with 90,000 sq ft of new workspace and the multi-storey car park would provide around 550 spaces on Baring Street.

The proposals are part of a wider 10-year vision to create a mixed-use community in the area, with 1,500 homes, a 650-room hotel, retail and leisure space among the features included in the masterplan.

A total of 75,000 sq m of office space is also envisaged for Mayfield, which is expected to generate more than 7,500 office, retail, leisure and construction jobs.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, says: “Mayfield represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create an almost entirely new district in the city centre.

“We’re confident that the quality of the design and architecture, aligned with the unique park we are creating, will help us attract international businesses seeking the best possible environment for their employees.”

If given the go ahead, the phase of development is expected to get underway later this year.

Architect Studio Egret West is the masterplanner for the Mayfield park and Bennetts Associates is the architect of the commercial development. Deloitte Real Estate is the planning consultant.

Consultation events will be held on 10-11 May at Mayfield Depot, on 17 May at Medlock Primary School and on 18 May at Piccadilly Gardens.