Catering to a mixed-use space
The 36 acre site – big enough for 18 football pitches – is also home to part of the University of Salford, a 218-bedroom hotel, 65,000m2 of premium office space, 7,500 m2 of retail space and 378 apartments. There’s parking for 2500 cars and 300 bicycles. Six large television studios are being constructed as part of the project; one of them the largest in western Europe. Media City will accommodate BBC North West and children’s programmes, to be followed in the near future by BBC Sport and Radio Five Live. A complex, like Media City, requires sophisticated protection from the twin dangers of smoke and fire.