Plans to expand MediaCityUK, in Salford, UK, (the BBC’s home in the north of England) have come to fruition after city council planners gave the project the green light.
The development – which will cost more than £1 billion (€1.2 billion) – includes up to ten new buildings, creating over 1,400 new homes, as well as hundreds of jobs.
The ten-year project will also see new business space, creative studios, a new market square and events hall, cafés, restaurants and shops built.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said the project was the second phase of a 20-year plan to transform the former docklands.
He said, “Back in 2006, Salford City Council granted planning permission for 151,000m² of development. Phase one has successfully been completed and now we are moving towards the second phase which will see MediaCityUK double in size.
“This phase will focus on creating welcoming neighbourhoods where people can live and work, socialise and enjoy events. It’s a very exciting development for Salford.”
Stephen Wild, managing director, MediaCityUK, said, “We’re delighted to have received the support of the planning panel for the next stage in the delivery of a vision for MediaCityUK, which is shared by all our partners both public and private.
“Phase two will provide a unique opportunity for a new generation of designs to complement what is already a thriving and vibrant destination.”