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Salford Media City takes a step forward as Fairhursts scheme wins green light

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The BBC’s ‘historic’ move to Salford Quays, outside Manchester, has taken a giant leap forward after the first phase of the proposed Media City development won planning permission.

Yesterday (7 February) Salford City Council approved plans for a ‘showpiece’ 24,000m2 studio block, 3,200m2 of offices, a 11,000m2 hotel, 168 homes, and as a 2,116-space multi-storey car park.

The scheme has been designed by Fairhursts for landowner Peel Holdings and will sit within Benoy’s wider masterplan (pictured) for the former docklands site, which will eventually become home to nearly 15,000 workers.

The unusual studio block will feature a pair of towers – one 17-storey, the other 21-storey – positioned on the two rear corners of the building, the uses of which have yet to be defined.

Later phases include office blocks by Wilkinson Eyre, which is also acting as a design reviewer for entire scheme for the BBC, and potentially a new media school for Salford Universtiy to be designed by Sheppard Robson.

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