The Mayfield Partnership has announced details of the relocation of the GRUB Food Fair to another part of the city centre Mayfield development site.
Since the spring, the popular weekly food fair has been operating from an outdoor site on Baring Street which is now home to U+I’s Manchester project office. The final GRUB Food Fair of the period will take place this coming weekend with the vegan-only Plant Powered Sunday event rounding off the successful season on October 8.
From October 27, GRUB will relocate to Archway six on Mayfield’s Temperance Street which is a two-minute walk from the former Mayfield Station building.
GRUB will continue to operate the same street food format with a changing roster of the best traders drawn from around the city and country with ales drawn from the city’s best craft breweries. Plant Powered Sunday will also remain as a regular fixture while the new space will be used to experiment with a wider, more eclectic mix of events.
Under the brand of Fairfield Social Club, a series of music, cinema and artistic events will be rolled out filling a much-needed gap in the city’s support for grass roots cultural activity. The venue will operate seven days per week.
James Heather, development director at U+I explained the impact the weekly food fair has had. He said: “GRUB has been a huge hit with the people of the city and it has been really enjoyable to regularly bring people back onto the site after such a long time. It makes sense to bring the events indoors for the winter and bring life to a new part of the site.
“We have a range of vivid short to medium term uses up our sleeve for different parts of the site which combined with the Fairfield Social Club programme, will bring a new intensity and focus to Mayfield.
“Mayfield is a unique place in the city and we are keen to help the people of Manchester rediscover it.”
Jules Morris, director of GRUB added: “It’s always been our plan to take our approach to food and use it to build an amazing events space, we’ve now found the perfect spot and have a super-talented team to make that happen. Just like with GRUB we’ll be starting small but we believe we can build it into something truly special for Manchester.”
Details of the events programme for the Fairfield Social Club will be announced in due course while details of the opening event on October 27, can be found on the Facebook event page here.
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 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.
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