Peel Media Ltd has submitted plans for a highly sustainable 350,000 sq ft grade A office building in the heart of MediaCity, in Salford, Greater Manchester. It’s the first significant development milestone since Landsec’s 75% acquisition in November 2021.
The plot already has detailed planning consent for a 117,000 sq ft office building, the revised plans will also include 15,000 sq ft of leisure and independent retail space on the ground floor and a 283 capacity safe bike hub with changing facilities to encourage sustainable travel.
Stephen Wild, Managing Director MediaCity, said: “These revised plans will bring a striking, new and sustainable building to MediaCity which will be one of the largest grade A office buildings in Manchester. A considerable area within the development will cater for SMEs within our flexible workspace offer Arrive, as well as larger office floor plates for businesses with a greater space requirement. Its design, spec and feel will very much reflect the innovative and cutting-edge immersive industries we will be targeting as we move into the next phase of MediaCity’s evolution.”
With a focus on green space there will be 28,000 sq ft of public realm with new planting to maximise amenity and biodiversity value and will include multi stemmed trees, shrubs and herbaceous grasses.
The façade of the 11-storey building will feature attractive, green balconies on every other level as well as an outdoor terrace running across the top floor with floor to ceiling glass. The exterior will also feature aluminium panelling which is both architecturally striking and will be less carbon intensive in the design and construction phase.
Mark Allan, CEO of Landsec said: “MediaCity is a unique destination, currently unrivalled in the UK for its breadth of offering, from global content creation and innovation, to waterside living and leisure. Mixed-use developments such as this, with a clear sense of place, are becoming an increasingly important ingredient in the fabric of our cities. This next step in MediaCity’s evolution demonstrates our commitment to Salford and the vibrancy of the office market in Greater Manchester.”
Subject to planning, the scheme has a start on site date of Summer 2023.