Manchester Is Getting Its First Park In Over 100 Years Thanks To New Urban Development - Secret Manchester



Manchester Is Getting Its First Park In Over 100 Years Thanks To New Urban Development

By Laura Rogan February 10, 2020

The Mayfield is currently undergoing a huge regeneration project, and the plans include a brand new park for the city.

The £1.4 billion scheme is set to bring to life the derelict Mayfield site, with 14 acres of space for Mancunians to enjoy.

The area will be completely transformed and will include the city’s first park in over 100 years. The 6.5-acre park will surround the banks of the River Medlock and feature parkland and gardens with trees and shrubbery, as well as walkways for the public to use. The park will also feature space for everyone to use, including play areas, space for sports, an urban square, floodable meadows and quiet spaces for those who want a break from the city.

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The development of the space, currently home to Mayfield depot, will transform it into a vibrant new neighbourhood – ideally located by Piccadilly station for young professionals and people visiting the city.

In addition to the brand new park, the scheme will also deliver 1,500 new homes, 1.7m sq ft of office space, shops, a new car park and a 650-bed hotel – and it’s expected to bring with it over 10,000 office, retail, leisure and construction jobs for the local community.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, has said of the project:

“These plans have the potential to transform an unloved and largely unused part of the city centre into a world-class gateway area creating thousands of new jobs and housing to support our growing city.

“The addition of a significant new city centre park, just a stone’s throw away from Piccadilly Station, is a particularly welcome development and shows how such green spaces can be created through the master planning of wider areas.”

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The Mayfield area has already seen vast improvements with the depot opening just last summer as a new venue for the city, generating £7.9m for the local economy in 2019 and attracting 225,000 people.

Work is set to commence summer 2020, subject to planning permission.