There's A New District Coming To Manchester That Will Bring 10,000 Jobs

The first phase of Manchester’s new business district has been revealed...

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The first phase of a brand new DISTRICT in Manchester has been revealed.

'Enterprise City' is the name of the new development and consists of four new projects which are set to massively expand the city and attract even more young professionals.

The project will be centered around the Old Granada Studios near Castlefield and towards the west of Manchester city centre, led by investment from property firm Allied London. - who were also the team behind the No1. Spinningfields and XYZ Building located nearby.

Allied have confirmed they will open four key operations in Enterprise City, including: The ABC Buildings, The Bonded Warehouse and All Studios, and The Department, a workspace concept operated by All Work & Social.

'Enterprise City is a cluster for modern industry, which is made up of the tech, media and creative sectors.' - reports Allied.

Chief executive Michael Ingall said: “Enterprise City will provide infrastructure for disruption; connecting 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 isn’t being built for one occupier’s requirements, it 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. Enterprise City is the right concept, in the right city, at the right time and will enhance Manchester’s deep cultural and creative heritage”.

He concluded: “Manchester’s international future is dependent on developing vital infrastructure and a diversity of spaces. Add to this the important and strongly anticipated Factory at the heart of the plans, and St. John’s is going to be one of those places that will become globally renowned.”

The plans are all part of the major St John masterplan, which will be a neighbourhood containing 560,000 square feet of office space, 240,000 square feet of retail, 320 hotel rooms and 13 acres of public space.

Not to mention, new residential accommodation attracting thousands of newbies to the city centre.

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.

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