Bruntwood and its residential development partner Select Property Group have submitted planning applications for a proposed £750 million redevelopment of the former BBC site in Manchester City Centre. The proposal lays out plans for a new neighbourhood that would service both the city centre and the many students who flock to Manchester every year. The first planning application features some of the public realm plans, including new tree lined waterside walkways as well as two serviced apartment buildings designed to attract mature, postgraduate and international students.“Its unique location, connecting the city centre with the Corridor Manchester, enables the site to support the cross-fertilisation and commercialisation of ideas,” explains Chris Oglesby of Bruntwood, MSP and Corridor Manchester.Phase two of the project would involve the development of 35,000 square feet of commercial space, which would feature new office, retail and leisure facilities. Once complete, the development would create new open spaces for the people of Manchester to enjoy.With five phases in total that would be scheduled for completion by 2025, the entire redevelopment aims to host extensive apartments, a hotel, a multi-storey car park and vibrant public realms. Mark Stott, CEO of Select Property Group says: “It’s an exciting time for the future of Manchester and we’re looking forward to sharing more information about the project throughout its development.”The developers hope to gain permission for the first phase by the end of the year, to start construction early 2016 and complete late 2017.
Former BBC site to be redeveloped
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