Plans to deliver a ‘world-class’ £650million major new business district at Manchester Airport have been approved by Manchester City Council – with work set to commence within weeks.
The Airport City Manchester development includes new offices, industrial units, hotels, retail and leisure facilities and is set create 11,400 jobs over the next ten to 15 years.
The first of its kind in the UK, it will compete with existing airport city and ‘aerotropolis’ projects, such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Copenhagen – attracting global businesses to the North West, creating a hub for multi-national businesses that require access to a major city and international markets, to move people and goods across the world.
M.A.G’s Airport City Director, John Atkins, said: “Manchester is already well-established as the global gateway for the North – Airport City will not only enhance this status, but also further the city’s ambition to become a major European and global business city, by bringing a world-class commercial product that is sustainable and innovative to the UK for the first time.”
It will be one of the best connected employment sites in the region – with easy access to the passenger terminals and the transport interchange. A new spine road will provide easy access to the motorway network.
Initial construction and enabling works for the creation of the new road will commence in March 2013.
A new Metrolink extension through Wythenshawe is under construction and will link Airport City to Greater Manchester’s successful tram network by 2016.
A new landscaped ‘green bridge’ will connect the new ‘mini-city’ to the Airport and its public transport interchange, making the site one of the most accessible in the region.
Employment, education and training programmes are underway to maximise the use of local labour and supply chains – aiming to ensure the people of Woodhouse Park, and throughout Wythenshawe, can access the 11,400 permanent jobs created as a result of Airport City.
The outline planning application for Airport City (North) was submitted to Manchester City Council in November 2012, following extensive public consultations in the local area by M.A.G, the parent company of Manchester Airport.
In November, M.A.G was granted outline planning approval for the £100million World Logistics Hub development – the southern part of the Enterprise Zone. This is an expansion of the Airport’s Freight terminal area and will create 1,800 jobs, providing 1.4 million square feet of logistics space and 36.6 acres of new landscaping and natural habitats.