This is how MediaCityUK could look after it doubles in size following second phase of ambitious development
The striking images show what the site on the banks of the Quays will look like after 10 new buildings are added
Plans for the next huge phase of MediaCityUK – which will see it DOUBLE in size – will go before planning bosses next week.
These striking images show how the thriving area of Salford could look once 10 new buildings are added on the banks of the Quays.
The ambitious blueprints include proposals for four massive apartment blocks containing 1,400 flats, two swanky office blocks, and new creative and media space.
Plans from The Peel Group, which will be considered on Thursday, also include a market and events building – and a ‘Georgian-style’ public square.
Up to 10 new buildings are in the pipeline over the next decade, with a development value of more than £1bn.
Outline planning permission for the MediaCityUK ‘masterplan’ was granted in 2006.
That approval was subject to a number of conditions, including the need for further plans to be submitted within a decade as ‘phase two’ plots were primed for development.
Thursday’s ‘reserved matters application’ will see the appearance, scale and landscaping for each new building scrutinised by council chiefs.
‘Phase one’, which started in 2007, was completed earlier this year, with ITV, the BBC and the University of Salford – and 250 others – opening up new bases at the £650m Quays HQ.
A staggering 1.5m sq ft of office, media, residential, university, retail and leisure space has been built so far.
A multi-storey car park boasting more than 2,000 spaces was also constructed.
‘Phase two’ will expand MediaCityUK by 2.3m sq ft across a nine plots.
Plans, which are recommended for approval by town hall officers, include two office buildings, four apartment blocks up to 25-storeys high, thousands more parking spaces and vast public realm improvements.
There will also be 26 duplex townhouses and maisonettes.
To make way for the second phase of the huge project, the Pie Factory and the Greenhouse building are set to be demolished.
MediaCityUK managing director Stephen Wild said: “Phase two provides a unique opportunity for a new generation of designs to complement what is already a thriving and vibrant destination.”