MediaCityUK Round-Up: new tenants, £3m roundabouts and the cost of living at MediaCity…

  • Two new tenants have moved into The Pie Factory at MediaCity – MK-V, who make camera stabilisation systems, and Web Potential Ltd (autoplay video alert!), a web-video presenting company.

    The new tenants are taking advantage of additional space that has been created, and join the broadcast systems integrator TSL and Toasted Productions, who both opened offices at The Pie Factory in the past six months.

  • A £3million roundabout refurbishment known as the ‘quays gateway’ has attracted criticism after being mentioned in Private Eye. Salford Council have approved plans to make a pedestrian ‘destination’ out of the roundabout at the end of the M602 – by relocating cranes and adding new pedestrian crossings and lighting. You can view the full plans here (2mb pdf).

    The plans have been attacked by the Salford Star, but the Council have defended the plans at Salford Online, saying, “We are not talking about some minor modifications to an insignificant traffic island here, we are talking about a major engineering undertaking for the city’s busiest intersection…It is the natural gateway to our city and to the flagship developments of Salford Quays and MediaCityUK.” Read more here, and at the Star.

  • Finally, the cost of living above the BBC has become clear, after Peel published a residential brochure for the two apartment blocks at MediaCity – ‘TheHeart’ and ‘NumberOne’. Prices start at £135k for a one bedroom apartment. A quick search for apartments at the Quays shows those prices are fairly standard, – but if you had your eye on that £350k penthouse at NumberOne, you’re out of luck as it’s already sold.

    Local photographer James Lester was not impressed however, as he tweeted, “Just come back from @mediacityuk apartments. Verdict: Great view, great broadband, if you like living in a cupboard. Very disappointed.

Other notable mentions this week:

  • Claire Rainford, the head of Communication North with the BBC, is to become the head of communications across the BBC’s Children’s and Learning departments, which will relocate to MediaCity in 2011. More info at How-Do.
  • Looks like MediaCity will have it’s own dentist – plans have surfaced for one to be located under the multi-storey car park alongside Booths. (from SkyScraperCity).
  • Jason Legget, Head of Business Development at MediaCity will be speaking at the Navigating Media City event on 9th March at the Waterside Plaza in Sale. The event, put on by Creative Industries Trafford, will be an ‘insiders’ guide to the realities, opportunities and who’s who of the MediaCityUK‘.
  • Two new tenants have moved into The Pie Factory at MediaCity – MK-V, who make camera stabilisation systems, and Web Potential Ltd (autoplay video alert!), a web-video presenting company.The new tenants are taking advantage of additional space that has been created, and join the broadcast systems integrator TSL and Toasted Productions, who both opened offices at The Pie Factory in the past six months.

 

    • A £3million roundabout refurbishment known as the ‘quays gateway’ has attracted criticism after being mentioned in Private Eye. Salford Council have approved plans to make a pedestrian ‘destination’ out of the roundabout at the end of the M602 – by relocating cranes and adding new pedestrian crossings and lighting. You can view the full plans here (2mb pdf).The plans have been attacked by the Salford Star, but the Council have defended the plans at Salford Online, saying, “We are not talking about some minor modifications to an insignificant traffic island here, we are talking about a major engineering undertaking for the city’s busiest intersection…It is the natural gateway to our city and to the flagship developments of Salford Quays and MediaCityUK.” Read more here, and at the Star.

 

  • Finally, the cost of living above the BBC has become clear, after Peel published a residential brochure for the two apartment blocks at MediaCity – ‘TheHeart’ and ‘NumberOne’. Prices start at £135k for a one bedroom apartment. A quick search for apartments at the Quays shows those prices are fairly standard, – but if you had your eye on that £350k penthouse at NumberOne, you’re out of luck as it’s already sold.Local photographer James Lester was not impressed however, as he tweeted, “Just come back from @mediacityuk apartments. Verdict: Great view, great broadband, if you like living in a cupboard. Very disappointed.

 

Other notable mentions this week:

 

    • Claire Rainford, the head of Communication North with the BBC, is to become the head of communications across the BBC’s Children’s and Learning departments, which will relocate to MediaCity in 2011. More info at How-Do.

 

    • Looks like MediaCity will have it’s own dentist – plans have surfaced for one to be located under the multi-storey car park alongside Booths. (from SkyScraperCity).

 

  • Jason Legget, Head of Business Development at MediaCity will be speaking at the Navigating Media City event on 9th March at the Waterside Plaza in Sale. The event, put on by Creative Industries Trafford, will be an ‘insiders’ guide to the realities, opportunities and who’s who of the MediaCityUK‘.

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