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Manchester Airport plans £650m commercial development

18 Dec 12 Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has submitted plans for a £650m commercial development that would include offices, hotels, shops and leisure facilities.

Airport City Manchester aspires to be an ‘aerotropolis’ attracting multi-national companies that require business space near an airport.

The outline planning application is for the phased redevelopment of a 65 acre area site to the north of Manchester Airport’s terminals and railway station. Currently a mix of scrubland and temporary airport car parking, the site is bordered by the M56 spur road and Woodhouse Park area of Wythenshawe. The proposals comprise:

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  • 1.2 million square feet of offices
  • 530,000 square feet of advanced manufacturing space
  • Around 1,300 new hotel beds
  • 62,000 square feet of ancillary retail
  • Extensive new public realm and open-space, including a new 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

MAG’s Airport City director John Atkins said: “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. We have been working on this project for six years, examining airport cities across the world and how Manchester can successfully apply the concept. The planning submission demonstrates the progress we have made in the past 12 months and is a major step forward towards starting work on site.”

Last month MAG received outline planning approval for the £100m World Logistics Hub development, next to junction six of the M56 and the existing airport freight area.

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