UandI open new Manchester office
The company established its new office in the Mayfield Depot courtyard, from where it will lead the £850 million project to transform an underused 24-acre site next to Piccadilly Station into a thriving new city district.
For more information, see Mayfield Regeneration Project.
The company was formally appointed as the development partner for Mayfield in December 2016, working with Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and LCR (London and Continental Railways). The long-term vision for Mayfield includes 1,300 homes, 75,000 sq. m of office space, a 350-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities and a new city park.
The opening of the new office was celebrated at a launch event at the Mayfield Depot attended by Chief Executive Matthew Weiner, Deputy Chief Executive Richard Upton and company Chairman Peter Williams. Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese was guest of honour.
The Manchester office will be headed by Development Director James Heather, who joined the company in March 2017. Heather previously worked with property developer Argent for 17 years, where he was instrumental in the delivery of One St Peter’s Square in Manchester city centre.
Matthew Weiner told guests:
“We have been active in Manchester for many years but our ambitions underwent a step-change when we were appointed as the development partner for Mayfield, which we believe is the most exciting single regeneration opportunity this city will deliver for a generation.
“We are now seeking projects across Greater Manchester where we know we can deliver transformative schemes which will act as catalysts for wider regeneration and deliver real social as well as financial value.
“Manchester, along with Dublin and London and the South East, is a strategic focus as a business. It is a city, in our view, which has achieved a huge amount but where so much more can still be done.”
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said:
“Manchester’s growth aspirations rely on energetic, creative businesses which share our vision for the city and which have the expertise and resource to deliver transformational projects.
“The city and its partners appointed U+I for the Mayfield project because the company presented a compelling vision of what an inclusive, vibrant new city district might look like and demonstrated that they could deliver on that vision.
“I am very pleased that they have chosen Manchester as a strategic priority for their business and excited about the potential this has for the city.”
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