MediaCityUK Phase 2

Key Facts

Chapman Taylor leads the second stage of MediaCityUK development

MediaCityUK is set to double in size over the next decade under ambitious plans with ten new buildings envisaged with a development value of more than £1 billion.

Key features of phase two, masterplanned by Chapman Taylor along with six architectural practices includes innovative public spaces, offices, shops and residential courts with a pedestrian promenade running through the scheme. 

In early 2015 Chapman Taylor were appointed to develop the masterplan for the 7.7 hectare site and set down the design parameters for the individual blocks that make up the ten new buildings.  72 % of the area is 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 and Gillespies worked closely with the Peel Group to develop the masterplan framework and individual development plots, making the most of the unique setting and high quality amenity offered by the Manchester Ship Canal and Salford Quays.

The masterplan strategy proposes a sequence of new public spaces and residential courts, which form a pedestrian promenade running through the scheme. The largest of these, Market Square, designed by Jeffrey Bell Architects and Gillespies, is located at the heart of the new residential community and will become a vibrant destination, incorporating a contemporary market hall and events spaces, surrounded by restaurants, shops and apartments.

Project Info

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.