Corridor Manchester (Manchester - United Kingdom)

Case Study

Corridor Manchester (Manchester - United Kingdom)

Corridor Manchester is an innovation district supported by a strong public-private partnership formed in 2007, with a strategic vision and £2.8 billion to be invested in capital builds, infrastructure, and public realm improvements until 2025. It is located south of Manchester city centre (Oxford Road) and comprises several knowledge-intensive organisations and companies, with more than 70,000 students and 60,000 workers.

The Corridor Manchester partnership is guided by 7 strategic themes in 3 domains:

- Economy: 1. Supporting the Growth of World Class Institutions; 2. Accelerating Innovation, Commercialisation, and Company Growth; 3. Championing Transformational Investment;

- Place: 4. Creating a Special Place for People; 5. Putting Culture at the Heart of Place; 6. Developing Smart City Infrastructure & Services;

- People: 7. Raising the Bar – Increasing Corridor Manchester’s Contribution to Economic and Social Inclusion.

Several collaborative projects have been developed in the areas of transport and sustainable travel, culture, skills and employment, science and innovation, health and wellbeing, and low carbon and smart cities.

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Improved Energy management;

Improved Intelligent Transport Systems;

Improved Health for Citizens;

Improved Education and Training;

Improved supports for business.


Description of the specific objectives:

Strategic Vision of Corridor Manchester:

“By 2050, Corridor Manchester will be Manchester’s cosmopolitan hub and world-class innovation district, where talented people from the city and across the world learn, create, work, socialise, live and do business; contributing to the economic and social dynamism of one of Europe’s leading cities.”

(Each of the strategic domains – Economy, Place, and People – also has specific objectives to achieve).


Corridor Manchester Ltd. contributing partners: Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Manchester, Manchester City Council, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Bruntwood; joined by Manchester Science Partnerships, Royal Northern College of Music, and ARUP.