Planning application submitted for new creative campus in Manchester \

Pollard Street, a major workplace development in New Islington, will bring 3,500 new jobs and generate £8m in social value

An inclusive, modern and sustainable commercial destination

Subject to approval from Manchester City Council, Hawkins\Brown will work with developer General Projects to create the 325,000 sq ft, five-building campus. Pollard Street will offer spaces ranging from micro-units to Grade A creative innovation offices, appealing to ambitious start-ups, fast-growing SMEs and established businesses.

Organisations located at the development will be committed to support local people through ‘community give back’ initiatives such as mentoring, training, employment or supporting apprenticeships.

A better, healthier and safer environment

Located alongside the Ashton Canal and inspired by the city's historic cotton and textile mills, the development will provide over two acres of new, exceptional public space, benefitting from from a £5m investment into landscape and green space.

Pollard Street will offer a car-free policy, low carbon transport links and an innovative low-carbon approach to construction and operation, while 50 new trees will be planted on site and 550 bike spaces will be provided.

A new standard for social investment

By forming a new Community Wealth Partnership with Manchester City Council, General Projects’ vision is to deliver a range of targeted social initiatives, including:

  • Mentoring programmes for local young people and businesses
  • Free workspace for local start-ups
  • Apprenticeship and internship programmes to tackle local unemployment
  • Commitments to generate over 5,000 hours of community voluntary work per year
  • A programme of regular events including school open days to skills and training events

“The scheme is committed to placemaking first with the offer of high-quality public realm and a collection of buildings that champion social awareness, well-being and innovation, integrated with the context.

Pollard Street will be an amazing place to work, built around commitments to community and quality. We have worked hard to create environments to allow workspace to grow and evolve; where people can come together in buildings that are well and flexibly designed and engineered.”

Katie Tonkinson Partner and Head of Studio North

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