Agents named on £750m Oxford Road scheme

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Savills, CBRE and Knight Frank are understood to have been appointed by Bruntwood as joint agents for the office element of the redeveloped former BBC site on Manchester’s Oxford Road.

Bruntwood and residential development partner Select Property Group announced a masterplan and phasing programme for the 2.5m sq ft project in September, following the acquisition of the six-acre site by Bruntwood from Realty Estates in April.

The scheme will include 350,000 sq ft of commercial space, alongside two serviced apartment buildings under Select’s Vita brand totalling 720 studios.

The offices are due to be targeted at technology companies, which would complement the existing dominance of health, science and tech occupiers along Oxford Road, including within Bruntwood’s Citylabs at the former Royal Eye Hospital.

Construction on the student flats is due to start in the first quarter of 2016 and complete in late 2017. The commercial element will form the second phase of development.

The project team includes architect 5Plus, joint masterplanners Planit-IE and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, structural engineer Curtins, engineer Cundalls and cost consultant Appleyard & Trew.

There will be five phases in all. Later stages include hotel, apartments, 1,000-space multi-storey car park and public realm. The final phase is scheduled for completion in 2025.

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Another dreary Manchester development.I thought the Sir Henry Royce facility was being built on this site?

By Elephant

No, the Henry Royce Institute will be nearer to the University on Oxford Road, next to the National Graphene Institute. The council and Bruntwood wanted it here but the University objected.

By York Street

Elephant. How can you tell it’s dreary from that visual?

By Specsaver

in response to Specsaver,when I see the words ‘multi storey car park’ in a sentence I don’t get too excited.’Public realm’ usually means a concrete square with a few silly benches,usually full of litter,or half eaten take aways and then there is the term ‘mixed use’ which generally means another half dozen shop units let to Costa Coffee or Subway.Why not do something different? In Manchester all we get is the same.

By Elephant

So in other words you’re projecting your own preconceptions onto the image rather than what is actually proposed (of which there is scant detail at this stage). What a pointless comment.

By Specsaver