A one billion pound plan to double the size of MediaCityUK has been approved as Salford’s incredible growth continues.
Up to 10 new office, housing and studio blocks are set to be created at the Quays, with 1,400 new plush flats and hundreds more jobs.
The striking blueprints, which will become a reality in the next decade, will see the size of the burgeoning development double.
MediaCityUK is already home to BBC, ITV and The Lowry, with dozens of apartments, hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars.
Some 250 businesses employing 7,000 people currently operate at the site.
Peel’s plans for ‘phase two’ of project include four massive apartment blocks up to 25-storey high, two swanky office blocks and new creative and media space.
The council’s planning committee also gave the go-ahead for a new a market and events building and a ‘Georgian-style’ public square.
Outline planning permission for the MediaCityUK ‘masterplan’ was granted in 2006.
‘Phase one’ – worth £650m – is now complete, with ‘phase two’ set to get underway next year.
It will expand MediaCityUK by 2.3m sq ft across nine plots, each designed by a different architect.
The second phase will comprise of six distinct areas – The Arcade; Studio Square; a Georgian Square; Market Square; London Square; and the Northern Edge.
Salford Mayor Paul Dennett welcomed the latest chapter in the 20-year plan to transform the former docklands.
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.
“With the University of Salford, Salford City College and the UTC now all based in MediaCityUK, training young people for the media and creative industries, we’re not only growing the buildings, we’re growing the people to work in them and the global digital media and communications industry.
“This is all part of a major building boom in Salford, bringing opportunities on our doorstep for the people of the city.”
MediaCityUK managing director Stephen Wild said: “Phase two will provide a unique opportunity for a new generation of designs to complement what is already a thriving and vibrant destination.”