What they say:
Plans are in motion to turn this disused railway station behind Manchester Piccadilly into a live music and sporting venue. One of the city's most unique spaces, the station was built at the turn of the 20th century and last saw a passenger train in 1960; standing empty since the 1970s as a ghostly relic of another time. In July 2013 the empty building was given a new lease of life when it was used as the backdrop for Massive Attack's collaboration with filmmaker Adam Curtis for Manchester International Festival, and now looks set to continue life as an events space hosting sporting, live music and club events.
What we say:
With so many derelict buildings around Manchester city centre, it's great to see an important piece of the city's history be given a new lease of life. Mayfield Depot made an impressive and moody backdrop to the Massive Attack V Adam Curtis collaboration at MIF, and we'd love to see it used more in this way. With applications submitted to serve alcohol until 3am, Mayfield Depot would make an excellent warehouse style venue for live music and club events - perhaps a similar offering to The Warehouse Project's former venue just around the corner at Store Street.