£450m Manchester student/life science cluster tipped for approval
The four developers behind plans for 700,000 sq ft of lab space and almost 2,000 student bedrooms across two connected projects off Upper Brook Street could be in line for an early Christmas present when the city council’s planning committee meets next week.
Manchester City Council is expected to give the go-ahead to the projects, which have a combined GDV of £450m and are being developed by Property Alliance Group, Moda, McLaren Property, and Kadans.
The schemes would bring an underutilised site in the Oxford Road Corridor into use.
PAG and Moda
Planning reference: 137401/FO/2023
Life sciences architect: Hawkins\Brown
PBSA architect: SimpsonHaugh
Landscape architect: Reform
Alliance plans to develop 470,000 sq ft of life sciences accommodation on its portion of the Upper Brook Street masterplan, which comprises the former Williams garages.
The lab and office space would be spread across three buildings ranging from five to nine storeys.
Meanwhile, Moda Living will deliver around 983 student accommodation units in a 30-storey tower in partnership with Alliance on the northernmost portion of the site.
The student element was originally 42 storeys but was significantly scaled back to address concerns of local residents. It will still be the tallest element of the scheme and will feature 22% affordable provision.
The student beds are the first to come forward from Moda Living’s 4,000-bed student accommodation pipeline, announced earlier this year.
Moda’s student scheme, located on the northernmost part of the site, will provide the masterplan’s tallest building.
WSP, Turley, Curtins, Ridge, Focus Transport, and Design Fire are also involved in the scheme.
McLaren and Kadans
Planning reference: 137399/FO/2023
Architect: Sheppard Robson
Landscape architect: Reform
McLaren Property wants to deliver 737 student beds within a 23-storey building on the site of the former Citroen garage on Upper Brook Street.
Life sciences operator and developer Kadans, which recently won approval for Europe’s largest life sciences campus at Canary Wharf, is planning to develop a 215,000 sq ft lab complex on the site of Elizabeth Yarwood Court.
The building would comprise eight floors, with its ground floor set to feature a startup incubator space.
The city council is preparing to dispose of land on Upper Brook Street to pave the way for part of the scheme.
Manchester City Council is planning to sign off the sale of Elizabeth Yarwood Court to Kadans.
The site was previously earmarked for residential development as part of the Brunswick Housing Private Finance Initiative but was withdrawn in 2021 as the city council looked to facilitate regeneration along the Oxford Road Corridor.
Landscape studio Reform is advising on the development’s public realm, which amounts to three acres and includes two public squares.