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Plans for £1bn MediaCity UK expansion

The developers behind MediaCityUK are plotting a £1bn expansion, which will see the development double in size over the next decade.

A team of architects led by Chapman Taylor submitted plans for the project this week, which include the construction of 10 new buildings, Constuction News’ sister title the Architect’s Journal reports.

The project is being delivered in joint venture by Peel Land and Legal and General Capital.

Chapman Taylor is working with six other firms, including Sheppard Robson, AHR Architects, Hodders + Partners and Jeffrey Bell Architects, on the waterfront complex.

The first phase of MediaCity UK - also designed by masterplanners Chapman Taylor - was completed six years ago and currently houses 250 businesses including the BBC, ITV and Ericsson.

Stage two, which has now been lodged with Salford City Council, features 10 new buildings of which almost three quarters is earmarked for private rented sector housing.

The development also includes a multi-storey parking, a bicycle hub and a pedestrian promenade running through the site.

Chapman Taylor director Tim Partington said the scheme would help “boost the Northern Powerhouse.”

He added: “Phase two of MediaCity UK will bring a new residential community supported by high quality public realm, leisure and retail facilities, ensuring that the development is a sustainable urban neighbourhood and an exemplar for the 21st century.”

As well as the new homes, the plans also feature a “crystalline” 17-storey office tower designed by Sheppard Robson.

A spokesman for the practice said: “The building’s distinctive shape has been designed to negotiate its complex urban setting, with the crystalline form – which changes depending on the angle it’s viewed from – creating varying sizes of flexible floorplate.”

Salford City Council will make a decision on the plans in September.

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