Manchester has revealed the plans for the first phase of it’s new business district, Enterprise City, and it is set to expand the amount of jobs by 10,000, attracting more young professionals into the city.
The development will consist of four brand new projects, centered near Castlefields around the old Granada Studios, west of Manchester city centre, and is headed up by property firm Allied London.
Part of the St John’s masterplan, the entire project aims to be a neighbourhood consisting of 13 acres of public space, 240,000 square foot of retail space, 320 hotel rooms and 560,000 square feet of office space. In all it plans to attract thousands of new inhabitants to the city centre.
According to the Enterprise City website the development will be the ‘commercial heartbeat’ of St Johns creating places to work, stay, eat, drink and shop to reconfigure “how we do business in the 21st century”.
Speaking on its new updated vision, Allied London chief executive Michael Ingall said:
Mark Ingall, the chief of Allied London said:
“We aim to connect modern industries within a new cluster of creativity, opportunity and innovation. On completion, Enterprise City will create 10,000 jobs in Manchester, promoting diversity in industry and ensuring the city can attract and retain the talent it needs to develop even further.
“Clusters don’t just pop up anywhere, they develop where an environment enables activity to thrive. Enterprise City is driven by the intention to create a wide and diverse series of spaces and facilities that will support modern industries and companies of all sizes, from SME’s through to large-scale growing and expanding businesses.”
The four new areas
- The ABC Buildings have been empty for almost 10 years and were going to be demolished, but will now be refurbished while keeping their original 1960s architecture and design.
- The Bonded Warehouse is a Victorian construction that used to be a terminus linking Manchester and Liverpool, and will now be converted into a new tech and workspace destination as a “central pillar” of Enterprise City
- The Department is another new workspace that will house Manchester’s technology hub, inviting new start-ups and growing tech businesses to use the space within.
- All Studios is an existing company within the Old Granada Studios set up last year by Allied London, with more than 100,000 square feet of TV and film studios.