Media City, Manchester

Media City UK is a 200 acre mixed-use property development site on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford and Trafford, Greater Manchester. 

A team of public sector bodies – The Northwest Regional Development Agency, Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company and Salford City Council – worked with site owners and developers the Peel Group to create a long-term proposal for a brand new media district supporting a whole host of like-minded businesses; a true digital hub, inspired by media clusters in cities like Dubai and Singapore.

Bovis Lend Lease, the appointed Management Contractor, commenced construction of Phase One in summer 2007. The first phase, home to 9 mixed use buildings, was completed in summer 2011 ready for their principal tenant the BBC – 2,700 BBC members of staff from 25 departments are now based in MediaCityUK. However, It is not just the BBC that calls MediaCity UK home. The Orange Tower – an 11-storey building, designed by architects Sheppard Robson – is home to ITV Granada and the University of Salford. MediaCityUK is also a hub for many companies in the media and creative industries. The Greenhouse, designed by architects Stephenson Bell, is a refurbished three-storey office block that has been converted into small, flexible office suites.

It was not long after construction commenced that the economic climate changed, for this reason the project Elite completed the TheHeart and NumberOne, which are the two residential elements of the development, providing 378 apartments in two tower blocks. TheHeart is a 22-storey apartment building on the quayside and NumberOne, another 22-storey building, is located next to the studio facilities.