President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the largest membership organisation of planners in Europe, praised Manchester Airports Group’s (MAG) ambitious plans last week (28 November) on a tour of the airport and the Airport City Enterprise Zone development.
Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the RTPI, said: “I was extremely impressed by the planning by the Manchester Airport Group for its Enterprise Zone. Their ambition for, and commitment to, the Airport City development is both evident and admirable and is a showcase for positive planning. I was delighted to witness first-hand the role planners and planning has in delivering jobs, growth and sustainable development.”
MAG’s vision for the Manchester Enterprise Zone focuses on attracting businesses that will benefit from the high level of connectivity provided by proximity to an international airport, European Regional HQs, offices, logistics, advanced manufacturing and supporting retail and leisure, including hotels and conferencing facilities. Complementing these will be health and biotech related research and development, as well as training facilities associated with the MediPark.
Pictured right: Dr Peter Geraghty on the steps of Concorde at Manchester Airport.
MAG’s Planning Director
John Twigg, MAG’s Planning Director said: “We are delighted to welcome the RTPI President to Manchester Airport to showcase the role of planners in delivering sustainable growth at the UK's largest airport outside London. His site visit included the Airport City Enterprise Zone; where work is about to start on our 5 million sq ft development. This will become one of the major new employment areas in the region, attracting global businesses and supporting regeneration in Wythenshawe.
We demonstrated the wide range of planning work. Our long term master planning enables us to accommodate significant growth within the capacity of our two runways and three terminals. While in the short term, we are helping deliver improved connectivity through the Metrolink tram extension, a 4th rail platform and strategic road improvements.”
Airport City Manchester
Airport City Manchester is an £800 million, 10-15-year development by MAG that will transform Manchester Airport from a regional transport hub into an international destination in its own right. The first of its kind in the UK, it will compete with successful airport cities across Europe including Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Barcelona. Manchester’s new Airport City aims to attract inward investment and provide new employment opportunities – further enhancing the city’s growing status as a major European business location.