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Network Space Developments has gifted a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) to Manchester City Council after the outdoor games kit was discovered following its acquisition of the former Manchester College site on Welcomb Street.
The Openshaw site comprises of eight buildings of varying sizes which were previously used as classrooms and workshops by the Manchester School of Building. During a site inspection the NSD team also discovered an installed MUGA kit, worth circa £40,000, that was still in excellent condition.
With plans underway to redevelop the site, the high-spec MUGA needed to be removed and was offered to Manchester City Council’s Parks team which readily agreed to take the equipment. NSD has also agreed to cover the removal, cleaning and installation costs at its new home at Fog Lane Park.
Fog Lane park, East Didsbury is one of Manchester’s first public parks and is well used by the local community and beyond. In addition to the new MUGA the park offers an existing MUGA, children’s play area, tennis courts and football pitches.
Joe Burnett, Development Director for Network Space Developments, said: “As part of the site inspection we came across the MUGA kit but didn’t really know what to do with it. Once we realised its value and that it was still in good condition we wanted to give it a new lease of life.
“The partnership with the Manchester Parks team is ideal and we’re delighted that they have been able to find it a new home where it will be enjoyed by the local community.”
Councillor Lee-Ann Igbon, Executive Member for Vibrant Neighbourhoods, added:

“This is a perfect example of the importance of social value and commitment from companies to Manchester.”
Initial NSD development plans for the Welcomb Street site look to deliver up to 70,000 sq. ft of multi-let industrial accommodation with work due to start on site in the first half of 2023, subject to securing planning permission later this year.

About Network Space
Network Space is a specialist industrial warehouse developer, investor and manager operating across the North of England. Established in 1982, Network Space has created and modernised more than 10 million sq. ft of industrial warehouse property in over 150 locations.
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