Poetry in motion for Mayfield


We’ve commissioned a poem written by talented Mancunian poet Argh Kid to capture the essence of Manchester and our vision for the city’s Mayfield development site.

The poem, entitled Manchester’s Sprawling, is narrated as the soundtrack to a short film and was premiered at the international 2017 MIPIM property conference in Cannes for the first time. 

The film and poem celebrate the city’s innovation, inclusivity and assertiveness, as well as presenting a vision for U+I’s approach to the regeneration of the landmark Mayfield site next to Piccadilly Station.


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Argh Kid, real name David Scott, is a performance poet who grew up in Longsight and Levenshulme and now lives in Hyde with his wife and children.

He said: “Manchester’s Sprawling is really about the Manchester melting pot and how that vibrant mix of culture and ideas has created the city we love, with some references to our lovely weather thrown in for good measure. It’s about what I would call the Mancunian Way – bold, rebellious, with a sense of humour.”

Richard Upton, U+I’s Deputy Chief Executive, said: “Manchester’s Sprawling is part celebration of the city and part acknowledgement of our responsibility as the development partner for the Mayfield Partnership.

“We are starting to understand that Manchester will rightly demand that we deliver something distinctive, respectful of the past but inspirational in terms of the possibility of the future.”

Last year we were appointed as development partner by the Mayfield Partnership, which comprises Manchester City Council, LCR and Transport for Greater Manchester. 

The partnership’s masterplan for the 26-acre industrial site close to Piccadilly Station envisages the creation of a vibrant, inclusive and eclectic mixed use development, and has been hailed as one of the most significant regeneration projects for Manchester. We can’t wait to get started on the "soulful transformation" of this once thriving industrial site, which will keep Mayfield’s rich heritage at its heart. 

To sign up for updates on Mayfield, visit The short film is also available on the website.