Manchester is the fastest growing city in the United Kingdom outside London.
The Northern Powerhouse is a concept that connects the independent city regions of Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull and the North East to offer opportunities and investment at scale.
The Powerhouse aim is to help redress the North-South imbalance by combining resources and political will to attract investment and create new jobs by competing as one major economy.
Joint approaches on major infrastructure projects such as east west rail routes and continued pressure to progress HS2 are key principles to better connect a combined population of 10.7 million people.
Manchester Airport & Airport City
The UK’s 3rd largest airport accommodating 22.5m passengers a year and offering flights to more than 220 destinations. An ambitious £1bn investment programme is now underway which will expand terminal facilities.
Airport City is an ambitious public/private partnership that will provide 5m sq ft of development right next to the airport with connections to all major road and rail routes. One of the UK’s Enterprise Zones it will offer a mix of offices, advanced manufacturing, logistics and warehousing with support infrastructure and will compete with the best Airport Cities across Europe.
The Airport and Airport City are linked to Manchester by a fast and modern tram system that has seven lines serving the wider city region. A multi million pound investment is underway to deliver a second city crossing and expand the network to 97 stops.
Manchester will benefit from High Speed 2 – the new high speed rail network, with stops at both the Airport and Manchester Piccadilly Station which will further reduce journey times to London. And a suggested High Speed 3 would connect Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Hull. Victoria Station is now the main hub of the trans-pennine rail network following multi million pound improvements.
Oxford Road is the city’s artery of knowledge and research, with two Universities, five hospitals, the National Graphene Institute and GEIC, the £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre as well as Manchester Business School and the Royal Northern College of Music and a range of life science research and incubator facilities linked to Manchester Science Park.
With a national and international student community of around 85,000 students and 17,000 post graduates the Corridor underpins a £3billion economy with over 60,000 jobs.
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Manchester is at the forefront of digital media with the innovative Sharp Project and Space Project providing flexible business space to let ideas flourish and grow.
MediaCityUK is home to both the BBC and ITV and a cutting edge hub for media production and creative industries. It is the BBC’s biggest regional centre with around 2,700 staff in twenty-six departments including BBC Children’s, BBC Learning, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Sport, BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Breakfast as well as the BBC Philharmonic and parts of Research & Development, Drama and Comedy.
The popular TV series Coronation Street is filmed here and there are new ITV studios.
The ETIHAD Campus is much more than just Manchester City’s magnificent 55,000 seat stadium. It now boasts the City Football Academy which has a 7,000 seat stadium, a new sixth form centre, community leisure centre and 80 acres of elite training facilities.
It is also home to Manchester Velodrome, the base of British Cycling; the National Indoor BMX Centre; National Squash Centre and indoor and outdoor Athletics tracks and attracts national and international sports events including European and World championships in a range of sports.