MediaCity Location City: Manchester, UK

The world's first BREEAM sustainable community.

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Masterplanning, Mixed Use, Residential, Workplace, Hospitality
Architecture, Interiors
Peel Media Ltd / L&G Capital


Key Info

Three BBC office buildings totalling 44,000m² GIA, two residential towers with a total of 378 apartments, a 2,300-space multi-storey car park, TV studios, a media park, an energy centre and a new Metrolink station
15-hectare overall site / 130,000m² GBA
BREEAM Sustainable Communities
Phase one completed in 2010; Phase two ongoing

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A visionary regeneration project

Home to the BBC and ITV, and officially opened by The Queen in 2012, MediaCity is one of the world’s biggest media brands. Located at Salford Quays on Manchester’s historic ship canal, MediaCity is the most significant media development in the UK in decades, transforming Salford’s landscape and skyline.

A new UK creative hub for media-related activities

Following the successful relocation of the BBC, the scheme has also become the new home for ITV in the north, as well as for the University of Salford’s Media Faculty and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. These major organisations are supplemented by more than 200 SMEs providing creative, digital and tech business support across the media hub. There are now more people working at MediaCity than there were working in the historic Manchester docks.

Creating a new community

Sited above the BBC buildings are two residential towers housing 378 high quality residential units in the heart of the development, providing a range of accommodation including studios, one and two bed apartments and three bedroom duplex penthouses. Other facilities include a television studio complex, a 200-key hotel, speculative office buildings, a site-wide tri-generation energy centre, retail and catering facilities and a 2,300-space multi-storey car park. The development is set within a high-quality public realm and landscape incorporating an events' piazza and media park.

Our role

Chapman Taylor was lead architect for phase one of this £500m project, which includes three bespoke office buildings for the BBC, two residential towers, technical fit-out of the TV studios, high quality public realm and a new Metrolink station linking the development with the Manchester tram network.

The world’s first BREEAM sustainable community

Winner of Regeneration Project of the Year at the MIPIM UK Awards 2015, it’s also the first development in the world to acquire BREEAM Sustainable Community status, incorporating world-leading sustainable design innovation across the estate.

Looking to the future

Having successfully delivered the first phase of MediaCity, Chapman Taylor is continuing to work with Peel Media and L&G Capital on the Phase 2 masterplan and building designs, which include a further 1,800 residential units and will see MediaCity continue to develop into a sustainable community for the future.

Award-winning MediaCity is of the world’s biggest media brands.

Tim Partington (BA (Hons), B Arch RIBA)

Director, UK

Tim has been an integral part of the Chapman Taylor team since 1986. Having served on the Group Board from 2006 to 2023, he has played an active role in shaping the strategic direction and growth of the business, working closely with his fellow directors and studio teams.

In 2000, Tim took on the challenge of establishing Chapman Taylor's Manchester studio which under his leadership has grown and developed into the successful and diverse architectural studio it is today.

With extensive expertise from early concept design through to project delivery, Tim has a proven track record of designing and delivering complex mixed-use developments both in the UK and abroad. His dedication to achieving exceptional design outcomes has earned him a reputation as a leader in his field.

Areas of expertise:

Mixed-use / Workplace / Residential / Retail / Design Management / Delivery

Tim entra a far parte di Chapman Taylor dal 1986 e si unisce al Main Board nel 2006. In qualità di Direttore ricopre un ruolo attivo nella definizione della direzione strategica e della crescita del business insieme agli altri membri del Consiglio.

Tim ha contribuito alla creazione dello studio Chapman Taylor Manchester nel 2000 e continua a gestirlo: è inoltre responsabile del gruppo progettuale inglese, della pianificazione delle risorse e della strategia BIM/CAD.

Riconosciuto per la sua conoscenza di gestione del progetto, ha una comprovata esperienza nella progettazione e nella consegna di complessi multifunzionali sia nel Regno Unito che a livello internazionale.

Aree di competenza:

Mixed-use / Office / Residential / Retail / Design Management / Delivery

Tim ist seit 1986 bei Chapman Taylor und trat dem LLP Main Board im Jahr 2006 bei. Als Eigentümer hat er mit anderen Vorstandsmitgliedern des Main Boards eine aktive Rolle bei der Gestaltung der strategischen Ausrichtung und des Wachstums des Unternehmens.

Er war verantwortlich für den Aufbau von Chapman Taylors Studio in Manchester im Jahr 2000 und leitet weiterhin diesen Teil des Geschäfts zusammen mit dem Designmanagement, der Ressourcenplanung und BIM/CAD-Strategie des GB-Geschäfts.

Anerkannt für seine Design-Management-Expertise, kann er eine Erfolgsbilanz bei der Entwicklung und Realisierung von komplexen Mischbebauungsvorhaben in Großbritannien und international vorweisen.


Mixed-Use / Bürobau / Wohnungsbau / Einzelhandel / Projektleitung / Ausführungsplanung


Project of the Year -  North West Regional Construction Awards
Project of the Year - North West Regional Construction Awards
Regeneration Project of the Year -  MIPIM UK
Regeneration Project of the Year - MIPIM UK
Test of Time Award -  British Council of Office (BCO) Awards
Test of Time Award - British Council of Office (BCO) Awards
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