ID Manchester will be a mixed-use city-centre neighbourhood with a distinct identity and unique character. It will be vibrant, dynamic, diverse and inclusive: a new exemplar for innovation districts and urban renewal.

The Site: Unrivalled Size and Scale

One of The University of Manchester’s key goals as it moves into its third century is to be recognised as the top university in Europe for innovation. ID Manchester will be a significant step on that journey.

The c.18-acre (7.3-hectares) ID Manchester opportunity is being made possible because the University is relocating its teaching and academic research activity to its neighbouring main campus, where it has invested more than £1 billion in new world-class buildings and facilities.

ID Manchester is unmatched in its size and scale in the UK’s fastest growing city. ID Manchester will build upon a proud history of bold ideas, discovery and invention.


This is a unique partnership opportunity with a university that has a track record of commercialisation and partnerships with major global companies. There is access to a huge talent pool, including one of the largest student populations in Europe and the biggest millennial (500,000 people) and travel-to-work populations (7 million) outside of London.


ID Manchester enjoys fantastic transport connections. It is adjacent to the Metrolink rapid transit system, the city’s major rail hub with 50 trains a day to London and a future High Speed 2 (HS2) station, which is a major multi-billion-pound investment in the national flagship rail infrastructure. Manchester Airport – with direct flights to 225 destinations – is just 20 minutes away by train.