IQ tables plans for 1,220 Manchester student beds
The developer has lodged revised proposals for a major PBSA development on Echo Street, a scheme that has been in the pipeline since 2017.
IQ wants to build three interlinked blocks of 27, 21 and 16 storeys on the site of Chandos House close to Manchester Piccadilly train station.
Designed by Sheppard Robson, the scheme will see the delivery of 1,220 student beds across a mixture of one-bed studios, and five- and six-bed clusters.
Turley is advising IQ on planning matters. The professional team also includes Curtins, Vectos, Planit-IE, and Waterman.
To learn more about the 412,000 sq ft project, search for application reference number 136874/FO/2023 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.
IQ has been planning to redevelop the site for some time.
The company received planning consent for the demolition and replacement of the existing halls to provide 863 co-living beds, including 242 student beds in 2018.
However, after clearing the site, work stalled and IQ opted to rethink the plans, which were revealed earlier this year.
The decision to opt solely for student accommodation and omit the co-living element was “informed by prevailing market conditions, and in response to the significant need and demand for high-quality PBSA within Manchester”, according to a planning statement by Turley.
The scheme is located next to Bruntwood SciTech’s ID Manchester, the proposed redevelopment of the former UMIST campus into a 4m sq ft mixed-use development featuring 2.6m sq ft of offices.
Granby Row, another IQ site nearby, is also in line for an overhaul. In 2020, the company announced early-stage plans for a 55-storey tower on the site.