Approval granted to turn vast Manchester rail depot into arts venue and 2,500 capacity club

Plans to convert disused railway depot are approved

Approval granted to turn vast Manchester rail depot into arts venue and 2,500 capacity club
A disused railway depot could be set to become of the home of the Manchester International Festival and the city's annual Warehouse Project.

Plans have been approved by council licensing bosses to turn Mayfield Depot into a music venue over the next five years, reports the Manchester Evening News. Although no formal agreement has been reached, talks between the Warehouse Project and the team behind the renovation of the building have taken place. Manchester International Festival events could also feature in the new venue which is expected to have a capacity of 2,500. It has been granted permission to hold 25 DJ-led events a year so far.

Manchester City Council spokesman Pat Karney said: "The committee felt that this application met the licensing objectives and so, after listening to responses from people who made representations, we have given this approval. But the committee has attached 79 conditions to ensure the premises is run safely and appropriately.

"These conditions include safeguards relating to CCTV, regular consultation with responsible authorities and fire safety. The premises are limited to holding 25 DJ-led events a year. The applicants now have to wait until a separate planning application is dealt with before they will be able to operate the venue.”

The depot was built at the turn of the 20th century on Fairfield Street across the road from the city's Piccadilly Station. The Warehouse Project club nights, which started in 2006, have so far been based at a number of different locations in Manchester, including the old Boddingtons brewery site, Store Street under Manchester Piccadilly railway station and at Trafford Park. The Manchester International Festival is held in various venues across the city. This year's event saw The xx perform and Massive Attack playing at the depot.

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