MediaCityUK by night, May 2011

The UK's first media city is now open for business at Salford Quays.

MediaCityUK has been designed to provide a purpose-built home for creative and digital businesses. The first phase, spread over 36 acres, was completed in 2011 but there is the potential to use up to 200 acres of land over the next decade.

Centred around a waterfront public realm area twice the size of London's Trafalgar Square, MediaCityUK is a destination in its own right, complete with bars, cafés and restaurants. The development's piazza has been designed to accommodate over 5,000 people, making it a natural focal point both day and night.

MediaCityUK also houses one of the largest high definition studio facilities in Europe, featuring seven high definition television studios and two audio studios (one dedicated to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra). The neighbouring Pie Factory is already a successful TV and commercial production site - recent productions include The Street, The Royle Family Christmas special and Paradox.

Phase one includes

  • 70,000 square feet of offices (including space for the BBC, ITV and University of Salford)
  • 250,000 square feet of high definition studios (including the largest high definition studio in Europe and one dedicated to the BBC Philharmonic)
  • Public park and events space - twice the size of Trafalgar Square!
  • The Landing - a new facility for digital and media professionals at the heart of MediaCityUK
  • 378 new apartments
  • 218 bed Holiday Inn hotel
  • Booths supermarket
  • WH Smiths, Costa Coffee, Wagamamas, Prezzo and Damson restaurants
  • 2,200 space car park


Between 2011 and 2012, the BBC moved around 2,500 staff to MediaCityUK. A further 1000 jobs, plus all of BBC Three will also be moving to Salford bringing the total number of employees at BBC North to 3,500. A wide range of broadcasts now come regularly from the site including Blue Peter, Newsround, Mastermind, A Question of Sport, Match of the Day and Football Focus.

Find out more at the official BBC North website.


ITV completed the first phase of its move to MediaCityUK in 2013. Considered a flagship facility for the UK's biggest commercial programme provider, the Orange tower is now home to over 500 staff including teams from CITV, Granada Reports, factual, entertainment, drama, post production, The Jeremy Kyle show and various business support services.

ITV will soon 'bookend' MediaCityUK when their colleagues in Orange are joined by Coronation Street. The drama is due to be produced from a state-of-the-art production centre, currently being built on a 7.7 acre site next to the Imperial War Museum North.

University of Salford

The University of Salford also has a presence at MediaCityUK, with a brand new campus for more than 1500 students and staff. Specialist courses, designed in conjunction with the BBC, will equip students with the skills to help them access job opportunities on site. The new campus opened for its first year on 4 October 2011.

How is Salford City Council involved in MediaCityUK?

Salford City Council is fully supportive of the development of MediaCityUK. We see it as a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference for our communities and to create tangible opportunities for our residents. Salford City Council has been involved in the development of the site and its transport infrastructure from the very beginning to create an accessible investor, visitor and employee destination. In addition, we are using this exciting development as a catalyst to raise the profile of Salford, to raise aspirations and to create job opportunities for local residents.

MediaCityUK is being developed and managed by Peel Media, a division of the Peel Group.

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This page was last updated on 10 December 2014

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