Plans have been unveiled for a major new mixed-use development on the landmark former Boddingtons Brewery site in Manchester city centre.
Realty Estates has launched the scheme, UX Manchester (pictured), which comprises a new residential community supported by retail, hotel and commercial office space.
According to Realty Estates, the site has the capacity to provide 200,000 sq ft of grade A office space and 80,000 sq ft of commercial mixed-use units as well as public realm works.
The developer added that the scheme would also provide more than 1,000 apartments as part of a new city centre neighbourhood “with the intention of delivering a ‘cradle-to-grave’ private rented sector (PRS) living experience for new residents”.
Yousef Tishbi, chief executive of Realty Estates, said: “With Manchester city centre exhibiting strong demand for both quality PRS and well-connected commercial premises, UX Manchester will provide an ideal home for ambitious businesses and the growing young professional community.
“The site brings a huge potential for a landmark PRS scheme, which will be centrally managed to redefine city centre living. Our vision is to provide shared onsite amenities, including a gym, high-quality socialising spaces and additional retail and leisure units.
“UX Manchester also has the potential to deliver a variety of commercial space, from large office floorplates to smaller suites to suit both small- and large-scale businesses, each able to benefit from a unique user experience.”
Deloitte Real Estate is advising Realty Estates on UX Manchester, supported by WHR and Savills. AHR is the architect on the scheme.
Simon Bedford, partner at Deloitte Real Estate, said: “The former Boddingtons Brewery presents a significant development opportunity thanks to its strategic location within the growing city centre.
“The site sits within walking distance of Manchester city centre’s thriving central business district, enabling potential residents to easily access employment locations. Its proximity to Victoria and Piccadilly stations also means office occupiers will be able to draw upon a wide range of talent and skills, both from within Manchester and further afield through the excellent transport network.”
Realty Estates, which is now the sole owner of the 7.4 acre site, initially acquired an interest in 2006 as part of a joint venture with Ask following the closure of the brewery the year before.