Plot O, Mayfield has been submitted for planning to Manchester City Council following a public consultation earlier this summer. After leading early stages of masterplanning, we are now developing one of the first buildings in a landmark location: a memorable workplace that speaks to the history of the site will be delivered to a tight budget.
Mayfield is a 26-acre plot next to Piccadilly Station currently undergoing a remarkable transformation from forgotten corner to the latest ‘go-to’ locale. This is being achieved with a series of placemaking ‘meanwhile’ uses involving street food, arts and culture while the first buildings go through planning.
Plot O will be one of the most significant schemes on the site, occupying as it does the prime location on entry to the masterplan from Piccadilly/city centre. As such, it will help set the tone for what follows both in design quality and innovation in use. The building has a rugged quasi-industrial character as a nod to the site’s history, but this is interpreted in a contemporary manner with bold material and colour choices. A solid block with fenestration ratio akin to the historic warehouses is incised with three ‘cuts’ that express the points where the building interacts with the community of Mayfield – the entrance, the shared foyer and an upper roof terrace overlooking the park.
The foyer will be a vibrant co-working space containing a public café and being at one with the park, by extending greenery deep within. The building is aimed at pathfinder occupiers from the tech/digital/ creative sectors and has an innately characterful interior that further echoes the personality of said historic warehouses.
Bennetts Associates is masterplanning a new 24-acre urban quarter in central Manchester, immediately to the south of Piccadilly Station.