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Masterplanning team selected for UK’s first Airport City

Jones Lang LaSalle and Drivers Jonas Deloitte to lead on planning and commercial delivery

Manchester, 2nd June 2011 - Airport City, the major Enterprise Zone development project at Manchester Airport, has selected its professional consultancy team to lead the design and evolution of the opportunity through to masterplan delivery, with the scheme due on site in 2012.

MAG Developments, the property arm of the Manchester Airports Group (MAG), has announced that Jones Lang LaSalle and Drivers Jonas Deloitte and will lead on the planning and commercial delivery of the masterplan project.

Canadian firm Urban Strategies Inc who worked on the initial stages of developing the proposal have been retained and will be supported by Manchester-based practice 5plus Architects. Additionally, Altrincham-based Planit will design landscape and public realm areas while AECOM and Davis Langdon have been chosen to advise on transportation, energy, utilities, sustainability and cost consultancy.

John Atkins, MD of MAG Developments, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce a high quality team of professionals to develop the masterplan for Airport City, containing a mix of international design standing and local creative architectural talent. This will not be one development but a place-making project over a 10 to 15 year period. It is imperative that we ensure that Airport City is of the highest quality and international standing, whilst having a tone and feel that is unique to Manchester.”

MAG Developments have confirmed that design work is now underway and occupier enquiries are already being received; and infrastructure will commence in 2012.

Bob Dyson, Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle North West commented: “We have been involved for some years in helping to shape the Airport City concept. It is a model which recognises that an airport can do so much more than perform its aeronautical function. It can evolve into an integrated business district in it own right providing a comprehensive range of commercial facilities, services and revenue streams. This evolution utilises surrounding undeveloped land and harnesses real estate opportunities in order to create a business, tourist, and leisure ‘destination’. All my colleagues and I at Jones Lang LaSalle are proud to be involved in bringing Airport City into being.”
Simon Bedford, head of the economic development team at Drivers Jonas Deloitte, said: "Airport City is now moving into the delivery stage. Drivers Jonas Deloitte is pleased to continue its association with the project as it moves from concept through to more detailed feasibility. The enterprise zone designation will, we believe, accelerate the development programme and begin the transformation of the Airport City site."

Businesses that are expected to want to locate at Airport City include; logistics, freight forwarders, advanced manufacturers, those seeking high quality office accommodation, research and development, health related uses to build on the proximity to Wythenshawe Hospital as a centre of excellence, plus visitor accommodation, hotels and leisure uses to support the delivery of Airport City.
The Enterprise Zones are expected to benefit from a business rate discount worth up to £275,000 per eligible business over a five year period, while all business rate growth within the zone for a period of at least 25 years will be shared and retained by the local area, to ensure that Enterprise Zone growth is reinvested in Greater Manchester.

Joe Berridge of USI said: “We’re pleased to be able to continue the relationship we’ve built up with Manchester having worked on the transformation of Manchester city centre after the IRA bomb in 1996. Having worked in cities across the USA and on major schemes in New York and Detroit we can see the potential of Airport City and want to see those plans brought to fruition.”

Businesses looking to locate at Airport City can register an interest via