Peel plan for 10-storey tower with hotel and ’40 jobs’

A 10-storey building housing a hotel and extra offices and studios could create 40 new jobs at MediaCityUK it’s been announced today.

MediaCityUK Manchester has submitted plans to Salford City Council that would mark the start of a new phase of development for the burgeoning creative and digital community.

The proposals would see £20 million of investment by The Peel Group to deliver 54,000 sq ft of creative office and studio space as well as a hotel.

The new development

The new development

Acquisitions manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, Nick Johnston, said the plan create 40 new jobs.

“We are excited to be proposing a new 112-bedroom Premier Inn in MediaCityUK. MediaCityUK is a vibrant and fast-growing digital and media hub and our proposals would drive a further £7m of fresh investment into the area and create 40 new jobs, around half of which would be offered to those who are long-term unemployed.

“Our proposals would provide high-quality and affordable accommodation to business and leisure visitors in this fantastic location. We look forward to Salford City Council’s decision.”

MediaCityUK MD Stephen Wild, said: “Technology, media and creative is a rapidly growing sector in Greater Manchester, which itself is now considered the second largest creative and digital hub in Europe. MediaCityUK has been a key trigger in the explosion of creative start-ups and national relocations so it’s essential that we give these businesses the right type of space and the flexibility to grow organically.

“Equally, as MediaCityUK’s business community has thrived and our leisure offering has grown, so has its reputation as a go-to destination. The arrival of a new hotel will service both those here doing business or visiting.”

If the plans are approved by Salford City Council, the new building will add to the commercial space of The Greenhouse, The Pie Factory, White, Orange and Blue Towers, The Landing, Quay West, The Victoria and The Alexandra.

Construction would commence at the end of this year and will be due for completion by late 2015 and the hotel will open early 2016.

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