1498469257 <![CDATA[Press Releases]]> http://mcuk.drumbeat-server.co.uk/index.php en nmckenna@mediacityuk.co.uk Copyright 2017 2017-06-26T08:27:37+00:00 <![CDATA[MediaCityUK marks 10 years since construction started]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-marks-10-years-since-construction-started http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/mediacityuk-marks-10-years-since-construction-started#When:08:27:37Z It is 10 years this month since construction began at MediaCityUK – in that time, the former wasteland that once housed Manchester’s docks has been transformed. Today, MediaCityUK is firmly established as the home to the BBC, ITV, dock10, the University of Salford and more than 250 creative, digital and technology businesses.

The dramatic journey to become a thriving waterfront destination is showcased in a video produced by dock10, featuring compelling images showing how the site originally looked when it was a working dock back in the 1960s, employing up to 5,000 people. A piece of derelict land which once acted as a car park for the Lowry arts centre, is now a community of 7,000 people, living, working and studying at MediaCityUK.

John Whittaker, Chairman of The Peel Group, said: “Our initial success in securing the BBC as an anchor occupier at MediaCityUK was the result of a strong partnership with Salford City Council and the Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company. Our belief in a shared vision and Peel’s commitment to invest more than £650 million in phase one ensured the delivery of a truly transformational media community, with huge potential for future growth.  Indeed, it’s hard to believe that it’s already 10 years since we started construction!”          

MediaCityUK is a joint venture between Peel and Legal and General Capital and ambitious plans to double the size of the development by 2030 were approved last September, with a further £1 billion of private investment to come.

Stephen Wild, managing director at MediaCityUK, said: “Looking around the MediaCityUK we see today, it’s scarcely imaginable that just 10 years ago, nothing was here. As well as becoming a major, international media hub with leading broadcasters and television facilities, we’ve created a unique community of creatives who are writing a new part of history for Manchester and Salford Quays.

“While we’re incredibly proud of what’s been achieved so far, it doesn’t stop here. Our new apartment scheme, Lightbox, is being built as we speak, and work is underway for two fantastic new bar-restaurants – The Alchemist and The Botanist – set to open at the end of summer.  It’s a very exciting time for MediaCityUK, and at this crucial juncture, it’s important to take stock of where we’ve come from, before embarking on the next leg of the journey.”

Paul Dennett, Salford’s City Mayor, added: “The regeneration of Salford Quays has been more than 30 years in the making with iconic projects such as the Lowry Arts Centre and MediaCityUK at the centrepiece of the ambitions of the City Council and our many partners. We are delighted with the hugely significant contribution that MediaCityUK is making to the economy of Salford, Greater Manchester and the Northern Powerhouse, particularly in the areas of innovation and the nurturing of digital skills.  Salford is now one of the top five places in the country for start-up growth and we look forward with great excitement to the next decade and beyond!” 

Timeline – key moments at MediaCityUK:

  • June 2007 – construction at MediaCityUK commences via Peel’s construction partner, Bovis Lend Lease
  • December 2010 – initial infrastructure completed
  • January 2011 – dock10 studios become operational
  • May 2011 – BBC begins move of 3,200 staff into three buildings
  • October 2011 – University of Salford opens its new media academy
  • March 2013 – ITV completes move of 700 staff
  • January 2014 – Coronation Street records first episode at MediaCityUK 
  • March 2015 – Legal and General Capital take 50% stake in MediaCityUK
  • September 2016 – completion of Tomorrow (last building in phase one)
  • September 2016 – planning approval for further expansion of MediaCityUK over the next 10 years   
<![CDATA[4,000 pug-lovers to descend on MediaCityUK for Manchester’s first EVER PugFest]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/4000-pug-lovers-to-descend-on-mediacityuk-for-manchesters-first-ever-pugfes http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/4000-pug-lovers-to-descend-on-mediacityuk-for-manchesters-first-ever-pugfes#When:13:11:22Z PugFest is preparing for its largest event ever, selling out over 4,000 tickets for the inaugural Manchester festival at MediaCityUK, aimed at pug and pug-cross owners and lovers.

After hitting headlines last month with an appeal for volunteers, PugFest is now completely sold out, and will take place on the MediaCityUK piazza, 12-5pm on Sunday 16th July.

The TV and film-themed PugFest will include a red carpet entrance for VIPs (very important pugs) and their owners, a fun splash zone with cooling station, and a series of themed “zones” for pugs to visit. A team of 20 “pug paps” will be there on the day to snap the pugs’ fancy-dress frolics, as they visit a series of Comicon-style exhibitions.

“The Star Wars Experience” zone will be complete with life-size, authentic X-Wing fighter, and the chance to take selfies with Princess Leia, Chewbacca and Hans Solo. Other exhibitions include a “Back To The Future” zone, and the “Jurassic Pug” zone which features three huge T-Rex dinosaurs.

Special guests will include Channel 5’s Pip Ahoy, ITV’s Judge Rinder, the original lead singer of The Drifters and the French and Pug dog foundation patron, Ray Lewis, and a lookalike of X Factor’s Simon Cowell, to judge the “Britain’s Top Pug Model” competition.

Martin Clowes, PugFest organiser, said: “When we first announced we were coming to Manchester, the response was epic, and we are so excited for our biggest ever, sell-out event at MediaCityUK.  We’re pulling out all the stops to put on a really special show for our pug-loving guests, and most importantly, raising money for our dedicated dog charities.”

Proceeds from tickets sold for PugFest will go to The French and Pug Dog Foundation. PugFest was launched in 2014 by organisers Rob Clowes and his father, Martin Clowes, in tribute to their late pet rescue pug, Poppy. Since then, the concept has taken off and the pair have put on over 25 shows in major cities across the UK, with future plans for Dublin and Marbella.

Paul Newman, communication director at MediaCityUK, said: “Since announcing back in January that we would be hosting Manchester’s first ever PugFest, we have been blown away by the response. The TV and film theme is a perfect fit, and it’s also a chance for families to come and enjoy the event, taking in all that MediaCityUK has to offer. For those who want to enjoy the Wimbledon final on the same day, we’re showing the tennis on our big screen, so there’s something for everyone. We’re looking forward to a packed weekend!”


<![CDATA[The JLL Property Triathlon North Gathers Pace]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/the-jll-property-triathlon-north-gathers-pace http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/the-jll-property-triathlon-north-gathers-pace#When:14:33:43Z With less than two months to go until this year’s JLL Property Triathlon North organisers are encouraging Manchester’s property and wider business community to step-up and sign-up to the last few remaining places of this charitable triathlon which will take place on Friday, 28th July at MediaCityUK.

As well as supporting JLL’s nominated charity, Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, the organisers will once again share proceeds with the Tim Bacon Foundation. This was established in Tim’s memory, to support The Christie in raising funds for a Proton Beam Therapy Centre and for Maggie’s Centre which provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends.

The JLL Property Triathlon North is open to all involved in the property industry with the sprint event comprising a 750 metre swim in the clear waters of dock 9, an 18 kilometre bike ride and a five kilometre run which takes in MediaCityUK’s iconic sites including the BBC, Coronation Street, Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry Theatre. Now in its third year, individuals or relay teams can enter the race and organisers are anticipating around 700 competitors, from complete novices to more seasoned athletes.

Stephen Wild, Managing Director of MediaCityUK said: “The JLL Property Triathlon North is a key fixture in MediaCityUK’s annual calendar and over the past three years has grown from strength to strength, raising many thousands of pounds for some very important causes. It also brings the property community together in a unique and positive way - creating a real buzz in and around MediaCityUK. We want to raise even more vital funds this year and our teams are looking forward to taking part.”

Steve Hogg, director from JLL, added: “Attracting individuals or team relays from all levels of competitor, we are looking forward to hosting another successful triathlon raising funds for two amazing charities.  Set against the fantastic backdrop of MediaCityUK, there are lots of great viewing points for colleagues, family and friends to spectate as well as plenty of time for competitors to network afterwards.  I would encourage anyone who is still thinking of taking part to sign up and join us at one of the biggest property events in the North West.”

Jeremy Roberts, CEO of Living Ventures said: “We’re delighted that JLL Property Triathlon North is once again supporting the Tim Bacon Foundation which is proving to be a fantastic legacy for Tim who was so passionate about this city. Last year, the funds raised made a great contribution to the start of the Foundation which in turn benefitted the life-saving work at The Christie and the support service of the incredible people at Maggie’s.

“This year it will be particularly poignant to see the new Alchemist, next to dock 9, almost ready to open which was a project which Tim was very involved in.”

For further details or to sign up go to: www.propertytriathlon.com/uknorth-manchester  

The JLL Property Triathlon North is a jointly sponsored event between JLL and the Peel Group in association with Estates Gazette.

If you would like to support the Tim Bacon Foundation or Crisis, visit timbaconfoundation.co.uk or www.crisis.org.uk.

Follow us on Twitter at @PropertyTri and tweet us using #PropertyTriNorth and @MediaCityUK @PropertyTri @LivingVentures @AlchemistMcr @TheChristie @RMCHcharity @crisis_uk

<![CDATA[Media Agency Group Teams Up with Herbalife]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/media-agency-group-teams-up-with-herbalife http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/media-agency-group-teams-up-with-herbalife#When:11:17:44Z MediaCityUK-based Media Agency Group (MAG) has been appointed by Herbalife, one of the world’s leading nutrition companies. 


MAG will be coordinating a series of UK-based advertising campaigns across a range of media formats with the well-recognised brand, which is a supplier of high-quality products and programmes that offer successful weight loss, improved nutrition and enhanced personal care.


Activity has already commenced with an initial multimedia advertising campaign across the UK and Northern Ireland, encompassing a nationwide digital and traditional media strategy, targeting both existing Herbalife members and prospective new customers.


Herbalife’s innovative and nature-inspired formulas and products have been developed by scientists and nutritionists with personal wellness goals in mind. The brand has become recognised on a global scale thanks to high-profile sponsorship deals in place with the likes of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team.

Herbalife has now turned to Media Agency Group to help raise awareness of the brand and improve sales in the UK marketplace across multiple media channels and formats through highly-targeted advertising campaigns.


The brand is currently looking to promote its healthy Ideal breakfast range, with ads encouraging the British public to “change your breakfast, change your life.”

John Kehoe, CEO of Media Agency Group, said:


“This latest appointment for MAG is one we’re all delighted with, and we’re very excited about the prospect of working with Herbalife on a wide range of exciting ad campaigns in the coming months to help them reach their ideal audience here in the UK.”




<![CDATA[Fast Web Media Launches eSports guide]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/fast-web-media-launches-esports-guide http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/fast-web-media-launches-esports-guide#When:11:13:41Z MediaCityUK-based digital marketing agency Fast Web Media has published a free eBook to help businesses and brands looking to reach new audiences in the eSports market.

eSports, where video games are played in professional competitions, is a fast growing industry, with brands expected to spend $517M globally this year. Investment is also expected to double by 2020, according to a recent report by gaming intelligence company Newzoo. 

Fast Web Media’s eBook, Field of View – your Essential eSports Guide’, takes a detailed look at the demographic of the industry, dispelling myths and encouraging businesses – from banks to clothing brands - to target their marketing and advertising in a more effective way.

Stephen O’Malley, Head of Agency at Fast Web Media, said: “The rise of eSports represents a great opportunity for businesses and brands looking to reach new audiences, but there is a lot of confusion and uncertainty about how marketers should approach this area in a meaningful way.

“Rather like the dawn of Facebook advertising, there is an understanding of the significance of this new route to consumers, but a lack of clarity when it comes to how to approach it or indeed the audience they are talking to.

“Our eBook aims to simplify the process of segmenting and targeting eSports audiences into a digestible framework that can be adopted by marketing professionals in any industry.”

According to Fast Web Media, there are a number of misconceptions in eSports. While many believe it to be dominated by teenage boys, statistics reveal that 58% of the demographic in the UK is female, with 35% between the ages of 24-44. In order to navigate the intricate details, Fast Web Media developed colour-coded matrices to allow brands to determine their target market, be it casual gamers or avid eSport athletes.

Fast Web Media has built a reputation in the eSports industry, having worked with the UK’s leading eSports business Gfinity and the inaugural eSports Industry Awards.

To download the eBook visit the website

<![CDATA[The Botanist plants roots at MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/the-botanist-plants-roots-at-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/the-botanist-plants-roots-at-mediacityuk#When:10:47:03Z New World Trading Company has announced that The Botanist will be opening a new venue at MediaCityUK in September 2017.


The 14th edition to The Botanist portfolio will be situated in MediaCityUK's Orange tower, above CAU and Pret. The ground floor entrance door will be located between wagamama and CAU, leading to the upstairs area covering 6,500 sq ft. The space has room for 146 diners, and will also feature a large outside terrace for al fresco drinking and dining.


On the food menu will be the brand’s signature hanging kebabs along with deli boards, nibbles and pub grub staples such as rotisserie chicken, inspired by the in-house barbeque.


The site will also showcase the brand’s extensive cocktail menu which offers over 45 botanical-based concoctions. In true Botanist style, the venue will be employing the services of top class mixologists who will merge and muddle fresh fruits, herbs and spirits to create unique signature tipples that will sit alongside a range of classic cocktails, shorts, and non-alcoholic beverages.


The bar will also stock more than 60 ales, beers and ciders from around the world, including a home-brewed speciality ale.


Sales and Events Manager Dan Shidlow said:

“We’re very excited to be opening in MediaCityUK, it’s the perfect location for our brand. The area is always busy and as The Botanist is already renowned for excellent food, drink and live entertainment we expect this pub to be very popular with the area’s daytime workers who want to pop in for a coffee in addition to those looking for an after work drink.”


In anticipation of the launch in September, The Botanist MediaCityUK will be recruiting 50-60 staff to cover all areas of the business with interviews taking place early August.


Mark Robinson, Head of Asset Management, MediaCityUK, said: “The Botanist is an exciting addition to the growing MediaCityUK community; its stylish, distinctive interiors together with a large, outdoor area offering stunning views of the waterfront, will make it a special newcomer in our growing dining and drinking scene.  We look forward to its hotly anticipated opening.”


Situated at Orange, Unit 1 Balcony, MediaCityUK, M50 2HE, The Botanist MediaCityUK will be open from 12pm to 12am every day from early September 2017.

<![CDATA[SIS LIVE races ahead in connectivity stakes ]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/sis-live-races-ahead-in-connectivity-stakes http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/sis-live-races-ahead-in-connectivity-stakes#When:09:11:46Z Broadcast connectivity expert SIS LIVE based at MediaCityUK, has further extended its Anylive® connectivity network to 25 horse racecourses throughout Ireland for television and data services to bookmakers and broadcasters in Ireland and the UK.
All 25 venues have now gone live with SIS LIVE’s Anylive fibre network, including full redundancy via fixed satellite terminals for full video, audio, and data transfer. All of the connections are monitored and managed by SIS LIVE’s network operations centres in MediaCityUK and Milton Keynes.
David Meynell, managing director, SIS LIVE, said, “Our extensive experience in covering horse racing at all levels is paralleled by our expertise in fibre connectivity. We now provide video and data over fibre for hundreds of races each year as part of multiple commitments to broadcasters, bookmaking services, and SIS. The permanent connectivity we’ve now established throughout Ireland will not only improve their video, audio and data transfer services, but open up new avenues for creative production techniques and innovative gaming services.”
Darren Lawlor, commercial and broadcast manager, Horse Racing Ireland said, “Horse Racing Ireland is looking forward to the introduction of the Anylive network and the potential new opportunities that it may bring. This is an exciting project and we will continue to work closely with SIS LIVE to help deliver new innovative products.”
SIS LIVE’s fully managed Anylive network already connects more than 100 sport and entertainment venues internationally. The fibre network is further enhanced by SIS LIVE’s fleet of satellite trucks. Anylive also enables SIS LIVE customers to do far more in terms of moving low-latency data.
Paddy Walsh, chief executive, The Association of Irish Racecourses Company Limited by Guarantee said, “We are delighted with the improved connectivity from SIS LIVE’s Anylive network as it enables the quality of service in providing the Irish racing product to bookmakers and broadcasters alike to be further enhanced.”
SIS LIVE’s Meynell added, “This connectivity in Ireland represents a major step forward in our expansion and enables us to deliver exceptionally high quality service agreements.”

<![CDATA[University of Salford to support UKFast 10K at MediaCityUK]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/university-of-salford-to-support-ukfast-10k-at-mediacityuk http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/university-of-salford-to-support-ukfast-10k-at-mediacityuk#When:15:24:52Z The University of Salford and the UKFast City of Salford 10K are now official partners for the 2017 10K race at MediaCityUK, in what is their 50th year anniversary.

Kevin Harmer, UK Events & Sponsorship Manager said: “We here at Sports Tours International are delighted to be working with the University of Salford this year in what is a year of great celebration for them. Both staff and students alike will be getting involved as runners, volunteers and via work experience on the race day. We are really pleased to engage with another of Salford’s key organisations to further develop the ‘Salford feel’ of the race and to help the Universities students to raise money for charity while keeping healthy and active”.

The event takes place on Sunday 3rd September, when over 3,500 runners are expected to take on the 10k route which takes in some of the most iconic landmarks in the area including MediaCityUK, Imperial War Museum, Coronation Street Studios and Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United Football Club.

Professor Helen Marshall, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, said: “We are delighted to be associated with such a prominent event and to work collaboratively to provide new opportunities for University students and staff. Working together, we can promote sport and wellbeing amongst the whole Salford community.”

Hazel Taylor, Head of Facilities Sport & Accommodation Estates and Property Services, at the University of Salford, added: “The UKFast City of Salford 10k is an amazing platform for the Team Salford brand and we can’t wait to explore the many opportunities that this partnership offers.”

Over the past 18 months the University has invested heavily in facilities and initiatives encouraging students to adopt healthy lifestyles and to engage and contribute to the local community, so involvement in the UKFast City of Salford 10k will further push these important messages.

Since its inception in 2008, the UKFast City of Salford 10k has grown in size rapidly and with the help of a number of local businesses and organisations such as Salford City Council.

In 2017 main sponsors UKFast, Salford City Council, Therapy First Physiotherapy, Jacksons Trophies and three Official Charity Partners which are The Christie, Cash For Kids and The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation will help to continue its growth as it becomes one of the biggest and best mass participation running events in the north west.

For more details, please visit www.salford10k.com

<![CDATA[Meditation for peace to promote mental wellbeing in Manchester]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/meditation-for-peace-to-promote-mental-wellbeing-in-manchester http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/meditation-for-peace-to-promote-mental-wellbeing-in-manchester#When:14:52:08Z A festival organiser in Manchester is encouraging people who live and work in the city to join them in #MeditationForPeace at MediaCityUK.

On Thursday 1st June at 6pm, HOLISTIC will hold a guided meditation session on the piazza at MediaCityUK. It will be open to anyone who wants to take part and doesn’t require any previous meditation experience.

Meditation is proven to help with the effects of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder.  Studies show that it reduces stress hormones by calming the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the ‘fight-or-flight’ responses to danger.


For those looking for something more active there will also be drop in Laughter Yoga sessions on Friday between 12 and 2pm.  Laughter consultant Robin Graham will be holding 15 minute drop in yoga sessions throughout the lunch period and to take part yogis can register in advance by emailing holistic@downatthesocial.co.uk or turn up on the day.


Laughter yoga (Hasyayoga) is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter.  Laughter yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter.  It boosts the immune system, reduces stress levels, relaxes the body and helps people to be more cheerful and attractive.


Mayur Mirwani, director of GoLive and organiser of HOLISTIC, said; “I am relatively new to Manchester and I have been overwhelmed by the incredible response from the people of the city to the monstrous events last week.  


“No matter how strong the people are, it is important in a time of extreme stress that we protect ourselves mentally and practising mindfulness through meditation and yoga is the perfect way to look after our mental health.  We hope that our classes will bring people even closer together as we meditate for peace on Thursday and reduce our stress levels with laughter on Friday.”


HOLISTIC: International Festival Of Yoga will be a two day celebration of everything that encompasses holistic living.


The event, which will run from 4pm on Friday 16th June to 3pm on Saturday 17th June, will involve two 800 strong outdoor yoga practises lead by internationally renowned yoga gurus from an ex Bollywood star to a Chinese opera singer; alongside a programme of holistic classes with some of the world’s best coaches and gurus and an outdoor market celebrating healthy food and drink.


The festival has been planned in Manchester to coincide with the week of the International Day of Yoga on 21st June (the longest day and summer solstice). The day itself is built on a vision shared by the Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi, adopted by the UN and celebrated in more than 192 nations worldwide.


The Friday evening class will be two hours and the Saturday morning class will be three hours long. The Friday class will be one long flow whereas the Saturday class will be a series of 40 minute classes which yogis can dip in and out of.


HOLISTIC will take place at MediaCityUK on the piazza and in The Studios on Friday 16th June and Saturday 17th June. Tickets for each day are available for £30 from May 2, 2017.


For more information about HOLISTIC visit https://www.holisticmanchester.com/


Find HOLISTIC on social media here: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/holisticmcr and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HolisticMCR


<![CDATA[dock10 opens new studio HQ8]]> http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/dock10-opens-new-studio-hq8 http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/p/dock10-opens-new-studio-hq8#When:08:39:22Z dock10, the UK's leading television facility based at MediaCityUK, has announced the opening of its new studio HQ8. The 750 square foot television studio is suitable for small sets and has green screen capabilities. It comes fully lit and with complete integration into dock10's gallery and post production infrastructure.


HQ8 is designed to meet the requirements of an ever-growing number of customers that need affordable but professional studio hire by the day. This includes the increasing demand from creative agencies for filming products and interviews, as well as digital content creators who want to use professional facilities.


HQ8 will also enable producers in dock10's main studios to simultaneously employ a smaller second studio for additional commentary, a behind-the-scenes view or a companion show.


“Digital platforms like YouTube have fuelled an explosion of video content,” said Andy Waters, Head of Studios at dock10. “As serious content creators strive to improve the quality of their output, HQ8 is providing them with the affordable, flexible and professional television facilities to make it happen.


“Our studios have an excellent reputation for enabling the creation of world-class programmes, and we're excited that HQ8 is making this same level of excellence accessible to an even wider range of new content creators.”