Plans to expand Salford’s Media City have been approved which means the hub of digital creativity, learning and leisure is set to double in size by 2026.
As part of a £1bn expansion, the area could see up to 10 new buildings in the next decade. Key developments for the growing area include 540,000 sq ft of offices, 1,800 apartments, retail and leisure outlets, public spaces and a promenade.
City councillors have said that the new plans will create hundreds of jobs for the area, which is already home to the Lowry, The BBC, ITV and the University of Salford.
Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, welcomed the news of the plan’s approval and said it was the second stage of a 20-year plan to transform the former docklands.
“Back in 2006, Salford City Council granted planning permission for 15.1 hectares of development. Phase one has successfully been completed and now we are moving towards the second phase which will see MediaCityUK double in size”, he said.
“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”.
“This is all part of a major building boom in Salford which is bringing thousands of new homes and square metres of business accommodation to our city creating further jobs and opportunities on our doorstep for the people of Salford”.