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Pollard Street – all go for new creative campus in Manchester

Major workplace development in New Islington will bring 3,500 new jobs, generate £8m in social value, and unlock significant urban realm

Receiving planning approval in December 2020, Hawkins\Brown and General Projects are working together on the scheme to create the 350,000 sq ft, five-building campus. Pollard Street will feature spaces ranging from micro-units to Grade A creative next-gen workspace, 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. Hawkins\Brown is also looking to deliver mentoring and internships opportunities during pre-construction and construction.

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 mature 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
This is an important scheme for Manchester, delivering 350,000sqft of much-needed, high-quality and modern workspace for creatives and businesses of all scales. Our approach connects modern industry to the heritage of New Islington through the creation of five adaptable and versatile landmark buildings. The collection of buildings provides the infrastructure to facilitate collaboration and community. The site’s proximity to the Metrolink Line and the canal offers a unique opportunity to connect the neighbourhood back to the public realm with two acres of new green space.

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