Planning applications have now been submitted for all phases of Bruntwood and Select Property Group’s £750m Circle Square project on Manchester’s Oxford Road.
Bruntwood and Select 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 2015.
The 617,848 sq ft of residential space, which spans four buildings, will be operated under Select’s Affinity Living brand and the 390,000 sq ft of commercial space will be delivered by Bruntwood.
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.
The ground floors of both the residential and commercial spaces will include 82,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space.
Planning permission was granted in January for the first phase of Circle Square, for 716 serviced apartments to be managed under Select’s Vita Student brand. The buildings were designed by 5plus Architects and are 13-storeys and 17-storeys respectively.
The latest applications total 680 apartments, including a block reaching up to 36 storeys, two office towers of 18- and 14-storeys, and a 10-storey car park with more than 1,000 spaces.
Central to the site will be two collaborative spaces designed to encourage a blend of people and businesses to come together. ‘The Green’ and a 20,000 sq ft pavilion will provide additional events space for the city, offering opportunities for staged and pop-up events.
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. Office agents are Savills, CBRE and Knight Frank.
The final phase is scheduled for completion in 2025.