MediaCity Phase 2 Location City: Manchester, UK

MediaCityUK set to double in size with £1bn expansion.

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Masterplanning, Mixed Use, Residential, Leisure, Workplace
Peel Media Ltd / L&G Capital


Key Info

Ten new development plots totalling 210,000m² and provides; 1,800 residential units; 50,000m² office space; restaurants; new public square pocket park and associated public realm
7.7 hectares / 211,000m² GEA
Detailed Planning Consent granted Oct 2016
All 10 buildings target BREEAM ‘Excellent’ ratings
Key award:
‘Planning Permission of the Year 2017’ at the UK Planning Awards 2017

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​Doubling in size

"Technology and media is a rapidly growing sector in Manchester, which is now considered the second largest creative and digital hub in Europe. MediaCity has been a key trigger in the explosion of creative start-ups and national relocations”.

Against this background, the £1 billion, 211,000m², second phase of MediaCity gained planning consent in September 2016 and triggered the start of the next step on the journey of establishing MediaCity into a sustainable mixed-use community.

​Doubling in ambition

Already home to the BBC, ITV, University of Salford and over 250 creative media businesses, MediaCity is a major digital media hub, centre of learning and established visitor destination.

A mix of new office, retail and leisure uses with a substantial residential component

Our Phase 2 design scheme included a major residential component, comprising 1,800 private sale and build-to-rent city apartments and town houses. It also included over 55,000m² of additional office space, retail and leisure uses, as well as a sequence of new public spaces.

Co-ordination of several designers using BIM

We coordinated multiple architects, many using different software packages, throughout the design development process. All project outputs were driven from BIM models that Chapman Taylor created, including planning drawings, area schedules, 3D views and other elements.

Chapman Taylor’s role on Phase 2 included the development of the overall masterplan and individual plot briefs, coordinating the work of six other architects on ten plots and also designing three of the buildings.

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


Planning Permission of the Year 2017 - Planning Magazine
Planning Permission of the Year 2017 - Planning Magazine
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