Source: Manchester Evening News
Stephen Wild is no stranger to big regeneration schemes. He has worked on the rebuilding of Manchester city centre following the 1996 IRA bomb as well as the Manchester Ship Canal Developments in 2006, and the Trafford Centre.
Work started on MediaCityUK in 2007 and it welcomed its first tenants the same year. Mr Wild was later put in place to oversee the management and its creation is, to some, synonymous with the BBC’s pledge to shift key departments out of London and getting more in touch with the regions.
Mr Wild is eager to point out that MediaCityUK is about way more than just that, as he looks forward to the next phase in its development which involves the £20m Tomorrow project which is a 10-storey new building that mixes domestic and business use. Fronting Broadway, the 100,000 sq. ft. development features a 112-bed Premier Inn hotel as well as new office and studio space to meet demand for the creative and digital industries. Work is scheduled to complete by summer 2016.
“It will continue to evolve over the next 50 years and long after I’m sat in this chair.¨
“There will be things going on here which will lead to more activity and development and it is where the next big businesses will be born, will grow and we will see some great success stories here.¨
“My aspiration for it is to become the place where creative, digital and technology companies innovate the next great creative elements and to see the place grow – not just offices but more residential, more hotel rooms, more amenities, more bars, more restaurants, more people and more activity.”
Manchester is well documented as having over 100,000 students in its universities and there are already over 200 companies based at MediaCityUK, employing 7,000 people between them.