The team at MediaCityUK is busy making the final arrangements for this coming Friday (23rd March), when Her Majesty The Queen will visit The Peel Group development and officially open MediaCityUK.
In 1894, Queen Victoria opened the Manchester Ship Canal, having been on the throne for 57 years, making the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee visit from The Queen to MediaCityUK an extra special occasion.
The Queen will arrive and be given a tour of The Studios, led by the Chairman of The Peel Group, John Whittaker.
After her studio tour The Queen will be met by guests, (including Peel staff), in the Open Centre and will then unveil a plaque before she officially declares MediaCityUK open.
She will then make her way to Quay House (one of the BBC’s three buildings at MediaCityUK) and take a tour of the facilities. She will leave after starting the BBC Sport Relief Mile.
Separately, The Duke of Edinburgh, will take a tour of and officially open the new University of Salford premises at MediaCityUK.
MediaCityUK is a £650million development by the Peel Group. It is the new home for BBC North, ITV, Coronation Street, SIS LIVE, The University of Salford and over 60 SME’s.
During the construction of the first phase of MediaCityUK an average of over 2,000 personnel worked on site each day, making it the largest construction project in Europe at the time. More than 7.5million man hours were recorded.