Plans for Manchester Airport Mini City ΓÇ£Will HappenΓÇ¥
Plans to turn Manchester Airport into a ΓÇ£mini cityΓÇ¥, complete with office space, have taken a step forward according to comments by John Atkins, Managing Director of MAG Developments – the property and development arm of Manchester Airport Group.
Speaking to business website thebusinessdesk.com, Mr Atkins stated that the project to turn Manchester Airport from a transport hub into a standalone business destination, complete with offices, logistics, hotels, retail, residential and conferencing and leisure facilities ΓÇ£will happenΓÇ¥.
First announced at the MIPIM property convention in 2009, the concept of creating an ΓÇ£Airport CityΓÇ¥ was said to be the final piece of the jigsaw in the further development of the UKΓÇÖs fourth busiest airport, with the existing airport site being combined with the adjoining 30-acre Manchester Business Park.
ΓÇ£I see this as a 15 to 20-year projectΓÇ¥ explained Atkins ΓÇ£we are masterplanning the scale of concept and types of uses. ItΓÇÖs easy to look at the market today but this is a long-term project so we will invest in that. The airport as a business is used to taking long-term decisionsΓÇ¥
ΓÇ£ItΓÇÖs not a green field site requiring vast infrastructure and it is deliverable – the infrastructure into the site, like the Metrolink, is already secured. People donΓÇÖt realise what development we already have here ΓÇô itΓÇÖs not necessarily about new uses but about stretching the uses that already exist on site.ΓÇ¥
Originally expected to generate some 5000 jobs through manufacturing, conference facilities, shops and entertainment facilities, the new plans for the site appear to have changed somewhat, opening up the long-term options of the project.
ΓÇ£We are looking at the airport site differently to in the pastΓÇ¥ continued Atkins, ΓÇ¥Not just at the 30 acres next to the airport but also how we develop hotel facilities, logistics facilities on the western side of the airport.”
Many airports throughout the UK already act as both business and transportation hubs, with many offering serviced office space designed for those businesses who either work with or alongside the aviation industry, a subject which was explored in the UK Airports: Top locations for Serviced Offices article published by officebroker.com.