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25th October 2016
U+I was selected from a shortlist of three strong bidders which also included Urban & Civic and a consortium formed by Carillion, Ask and Patrizia. There was firm consensus amongst the Partnership that U+I’s bid successfully captured the vision for the site, set out in the Mayfield Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF), for Mayfield to become a distinctive new high quality urban neighbourhood and a gateway into Manchester City Centre.
The plans for the regeneration of Mayfield, designed by Studio Egret West (SEW), will deliver an iconic, £850m mixed-use community in the heart of Manchester on a 24-acre site adjacent to Piccadilly station. The site, once home to the Mayfield railway station, has been derelict for over a decade and the regeneration will breathe new life into what was once a thriving city district.
The Mayfield site will provide 1,300 homes, 75,000 sq m of office space, a 350-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities and a new city park in total creating over 7,500 office, retail, leisure and construction jobs. It will reshape and extend the city towards Manchester Piccadilly; building on the benefits of the Northern Hub, Network Rail’s programme of targeted upgrades to improve rail connectivity in the north of England; and act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the wider Piccadilly area.
Drawing on the heritage of the site, the regeneration will also seek to enhance many of its historic features: developing alongside and improving the River Medlock which flows through the site; maintaining some of the iconic buildings that still stand; and making the most of the railway heritage of the area.
U+I has a long track record of delivering similar gateway regeneration projects, often in partnership with public sector bodies: the iconic £2 billion PaddingtonCentral project which transformed a former 11-acre railway sidings into a new commercial hub for London; The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, a £250m regeneration project which is delivering a new mixed-use community on a 17-acre in West London; and The Deptford Project in South London, a partnership project with the local council that has transformed Deptford high street through a residential-led mixed-use regeneration of a formerly derelict site.
The Mayfield Partnership will now enter into a joint-venture with U+I to take forward the comprehensive regeneration of the 24-acre site with an ambition to submit an outline planning application to the Council in the spring of 2017. The first phase of the project will see the site opened up to the city through a series of onsite community activities. Some of the ideas for this early phase include a community farm, a raised park and cultural spaces.
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