The historic Mayfield site reopened its doors for the first time in over 30 years with a unique street-food fair operated by GRUB and a small community garden, raising thousands of pounds for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
The Mayfield Development Partnership, and Grub Manchester, have thanked the many visitors who attended the opening day, making it an extraordinary success.
With £1 being donated from the sale of each drink sold and bucket collections taking place during the three days of trading this weekend, it is thought the opening weekend will have raised thousands for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.
The food fair is the first step towards a new future for the Baring Street site and is being driven by the Mayfield Development Partnership – a joint venture between Manchester City Council, LCR, Transport for Greater Manchester and mixed-use property regeneration specialist U+I.
Addressing visitors on the opening night, Manchester City Council Leader Sir Richard Leese said: "It is good to see this significant site back in use and signals the start of a strong intention to create something special in Mayfield. This event is another demonstration of the city's resilience and determination, while never forgetting those lost and injured in the 22 May attack, to keep moving forwards."
James Heather, development director at U+I added: “It has taken a huge amount of effort from a number of people around the city to bring this event together and we are very pleased to be able to open the doors of Mayfield to the city once more.
“From this small beginning, Mayfield will unfold over the coming months and years and while it will be new, it will retain a distinct Mancunian flavour and be shaped by the city and its people.
“We’d like to thank all the visitors who came along and contributed to the Fund. You have all helped make the opening a very memorable occasion.”
Each week the food fair will bring together a new line up of six street food traders from around Greater Manchester with one space reserved for a special guest trader from elsewhere in the UK. Trading from noon to 10pm every Friday and Saturday and from noon to 8pm on Sundays, Grub at Mayfield has a capacity of around 350 guests at any one time. It is expected that the food fair will operate for at least three years.
All monies raised will be donated to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund which has been established by Manchester City Council to distribute the donations made to those affected. The fund is administered by the British Red Cross and overseen by a board of trustees which includes representatives of Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police and the Manchester Evening News.
The free-to-attend food fair runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sunday 11th was the first “Plant Powered Sunday” vegan-friendly event. The weekly events all take place at the historic Mayfield building on Baring Street in Manchester City Centre. See here for directions.
Jason Bailey from event organiser GRUB added: “We’ve had a short break since we announced our move to Mayfield and we have been bowled over by the response. The new site allows us to do more, do it better and do it more often. We’ve been running on adrenalin a little and we’ll get slicker in our operations in the coming weeks. But it is great to be back and, most importantly, it’s great that we’ve raised so much for the Fund.”
The opening weekend of Grub at Mayfield featured six street-food traders, a bar including the first outing for Runaway Brewery’s Mayfield Pale Ale and a DJ. Sunday 11th June will host the first Plant Powered Sunday vegan-friendly event (12noon – 8pm) which will feature a range of gardening and wellbeing events from the Green Health Alliance.
The Partnership’s long-term plan for Mayfield is to create an iconic, £850m mixed-use community over the next 10 years, including commercial, residential and leisure facilities. The 24-acre site, next to Piccadilly Station, has been derelict for over a decade.
The wider Mayfield regeneration vision will potentially provide 1,300 homes, 75,000 sq m of office space, a 350-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities and a new city park, creating over 7,500 office, retail, leisure and construction jobs.
The long-term proposals will seek to enhance many of the site’s historic features including developing and improving the River Medlock, which flows through the site. The intention is to maintain the historic buildings on the site and make the most of the area’s built heritage.
U+I was formally appointed as the development partner for Mayfield in December 2016 while the temporary use for the site was granted planning consent in April 2017.
The new community and workspace facilities have been designed by architect Studio Egret West, master planners to the project.
To keep up to date with Mayfield please visit www.mayfieldmanchester.co.uk and sign up to the regular newsletter or follow the newly created social media channels on twitter: @mayfieldMCR, Instagram: @mayfieldmanchester and on facebook: facebook.com/MayfieldMCR.
To donate to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, go to www.redcross.org.uk/manchester , call 0300 456 4999 or visit the M.E.N’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westandtogethermanchester
For further information please contact Steve Sanders or Chris Barry at Influential on 0161 804 1400 or on 07827 892673 (SS) / 07464 547297 (CB)
Notes to editors
U+I is a specialist regeneration developer and investor.
With a £6bn portfolio of complex, mixed-use, community-focused regeneration projects including a £200m investment portfolio, we are unlocking urban sites bristling with potential in the London, Manchester and Dublin city regions. We exist to create long-term socioeconomic benefit for the communities in which we work, delivering sustainable returns to our shareholders.
About The Mayfield Partnership
The Mayfield Development Partnership is committed to delivering the regeneration of Manchester’s historic Mayfield site. It comprises LCR, wholly-owned by the Department for Transport; Manchester City Council; Transport for Greater Manchester and regeneration and property development company U+I.
About the Mayfield site
Mayfield is a 24-acre site next to Manchester Piccadilly station. The partnership’s vision is for Mayfield to become a distinctive new urban quarter, delivering 1,300 homes, 75,000 sq m of office space, a 350-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities and a new city park over the next decade.
GRUB is a street food and drinks events company founded in 2014 by husband and wife team Jason Bailey & Juliana Bailey after a successful run as street food traders themselves. The focus of the events is always providing an inclusive, festival style atmosphere supported by exceptional food and drink supplied by truly independent producers and chefs. In addition to this GRUB is committed to assisting and mentoring street food traders in order to support the grass roots food & drink community of Manchester.