One of the largest ever British-Chinese joint ventures has won the contract to develop Manchester’s £800 million ‘Airport City’, Chancellor George Osborne has announced.
The Chancellor made the announcement at the start of a 5-day visit to promote economic ties between Britain and China.
Working with the Manchester Airport Group (MAG), Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) will join Carillion PLC and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) as funding partners in a joint venture to build ‘Airport City’.
‘Airport City’ – one of the largest developments in Europe – will provide over 5 million square feet of business space, including manufacturing, warehousing, offices, hotels, retail and leisure outlets across a 160 acre regeneration site and will create over 16,000 jobs.
The project will be the largest UK development project since the London 2012 Olympic Games and is a key part of the government-backed Enterprise Zone launched in 2011 to attract international businesses to Manchester.
The Chancellor welcomed the investment at the launch of the Manchester-China Forum at Beijing Airport, the new business-led body set up to promote ties between Manchester and China. ‘Airport City’ will be part of Manchester Airport.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said:
“I am delighted to announce on the first day of my visit to China that joint British-Chinese partners have won the contract to develop Manchester’s Airport City. As an MP representing a nearby seat I welcome the new jobs and the opportunities for local businesses that Airport City will create.
“I am determined that Britain does not repeat the mistakes of past that saw investment and growth only concentrated in the City of London, important as it is; but instead make sure investment from places like China flows to all parts of country.
“Our economic plan is about securing a recovery for all parts of the country.”
The joint venture is the latest in a line of new partnerships being forged between the UK and China that has helped make the UK the top destination in Europe for Chinese investment.
Earlier this year, Chinese developer ABP announced that it is investing £1 billion to create a state-of-the-art business district in the London Royal Docks Enterprise Zone which will create an estimate 20,000 jobs. And Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has received a delegation of Chinese businesses interesting in further investing in the country’s 24 Enterprise Zones.
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