£650m Manchester airport business park scheme lodged

Manchester Airports Group plan for Airport City Manchester, will include a mix of office space, hotels and manufacturing centres and create 11,400 jobs. Manchester Airport’s parent company plans to build the park on 65 acres of scrub land near the M56 and Woodhouse Park in Wythenshawe.

MAG’s Airport City director, John Atkins, said: “Airport City will attract investment from international businesses and become a catalyst for the wider long term regeneration of Wythenshawe, with the creation of thousands of new jobs.

“The aim is to create a modern business destination that makes full use of infrastructure already in place and the majority of workers and visitors will not drive to Airport City – instead they will walk, cycle, take a tram, bus, train or a plane.”

The outline planning application has been submitted to Manchester City Council and follows public consultations carried out in the local area by MAG.

The Development Plan Outlines:

• 1.2m sq ft of offices

• 530,000 sq ft of advanced manufacturing space

• Around 1,300 hotel beds

• 62,000 sq ft of ancillary retail

• Extensive new public realm and open-space, including a 13 acre central park area

• New multi storey car parking spaces and cycle spaces

• A wide landscaped ‘green bridge’ over the M56 spur road to provide pedestrian access and a new iconic gateway