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Plans In To Transform Manchester Skyline

Plans in to transform Manchester skyline

Detailed plans to redevelop the former BBC site on Oxford Road in Manchester city centre have been submitted, with a 36-storey tower, a concert hall, office space and hundreds of apartments in the pipeline.

The scheme, known as Circle Square, is being brought forward by joint venture partners Bruntwood and Select Property Group. The businesses announced their vision for the site in December, but four planning applications have now been lodged with Manchester City Council.

They include proposals for a part 17-, part 36-storey tower with 411 flats; a 17-storey building with 266 apartments; two office blocks totalling 18 and 14 storeys in height; and a 1,028-space multi-storey car park. There would also be shops, cafes, restaurants, gyms and events space.

In addition, a pavilion building will be constructed which could be used for events or concerts.

Circle Square is being built in phases on the former BBC Oxford Road site as well as land currently occupied by the Manchester Technology Centre and Armstrong House, both of which would be replaced over time, next to Oxford Road and the Mancunian Way.

Speaking to Insider in December, Toby Sproll, head of retail at Bruntwood, said: “What we’re after is an exciting, vibrant mix of innovative retailers, food and beverage operators, and amenities. It’s a mixed-use development that requires a range of provisions.

“We’re very much aware of the need to create fantastic collaborative space that will appeal to science and technology businesses, but also creative businesses.”

The overall masterplan comprises two distinct development zones. The first has been dubbed “the knowledge-based office core” which is positioned along Oxford Road occupying 75 per cent of the total site area and comprising around 1.2 million sq ft of office/research space and the multi-storey car park.

Zone two, positioned along Charles Street and the River Medlock, is known as “the residential neighbourhood”.

Deloitte and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios are among the businesses working on the plans.

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