6 April, 2009
Manchester Airport has unveiled ambitious plans to develop a ‘mini city’ on new land adjacent to the airport.
The development will see a huge expansion for retail, leisure, conferencing and commercial activities across the complex and in the surrounding area.
Airport development boss John Atkins, speaking at the MIPIM property convention in Cannes, said a £15 million deal had been struck to buy 30 acres on the outskirts of the airport.
He described the deal as the ‘last piece in the jigsaw’. It would be combined with the adjoining 30-acre Manchester Business Park, owned by the city council, to form the hub of a new ‘Airport City’ scheme.
Atkins said that core airport activities, including the terminals, aprons and runways, would grow, and they would be joined by improved cargo, hotel and logistics facilities as well as retail, conferencing, commercial and leisure developments under the ‘Airport City’ banner.
Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City council, which has a 55 per cent stake in Manchester Airport Group, said: “It’s a stunning opportunity to build on the airport’s continued growth, and it is unlikely this could be created anywhere else in the UK.
“It provides us with one of the most strategic opportunities for generations, which will continue to reinforce Manchester Airport as one of the most important assets to be found anywhere in Europe.”
Source: Invest in England’s Northwest