Mar 12, 2020

Mayfield wins at The AR Future Project Awards

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Mayfield, Manchester has won the Regeneration and Masterplanning category at The Architectural Review Future Project Awards 2020 (and landed the cover spot for the awards publication, too!) This follows the recent unanimous approval by Manchester City Council for the first phase of plans for Mayfield, kick-starting the transformation of this 26 acre derelict site and representing one of the UK’s largest and most important regeneration opportunities.

Our involvement on Mayfield began in 2016 through a competition process, with our winning entry going against previous plans to demolish much of the site’s existing heritage assets, instead choosing to save the former Mayfield Station building and depot. We then worked as the overall masterplanner for the project, with our Strategic Regeneration Framework endorsed in 2018 by Manchester City Council’s Executive Committee.

Since then, we’ve been appointed as the landscape architects for the new 6.5 acre Mayfield Park, which will become the first public park to be created in the city for 100 years, and we've also designed a new multi-storey car park. Both of these elements are part of the first phase of plans, along with 319,900 sq ft of world class commercial space across two buildings by Bennetts Associates and Morris + Company, who are delivering The Poulton and The Republic respectively.

During the course of the initial SRF discussions, we worked to produce detailed designs for an elevated temporary office space, the Gatehouse, which by the time the SRF was endorsed, had become the projects site office with flexible workspace for local start-up businesses and a food market/ pop-up bar at ground. The Gatehouse has since become a hub of activity, with events including a biketrack, a community garden and playground design workshops with the local Primary school. The meanwhile programme has been expressed most vividly with the retained depot, which has been transformed into a new live music venue - Depot Mayfield. With the help of meanwhile and event specialist This Must Be The Place Agency, this historic building has assisted to bring 330,000 visitors to Mayfield in 2019 after more than 30 years of decline.

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Work is expected to commence on-site on the park and the buildings this year.

We are supported in our bold and transformative vision by a strong public-private partnership - The Mayfield Partnership, which comprises Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, LCR and regeneration specialist U+I, with Deloitte Real Estate as the planning adviser to the partnership.

The full list of winners for the AR Future Project Awards can be found here:

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Mayfield wins at The AR Future Project Awards