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The successful party is due to be announced in the coming weeks

Competition for £1.5bn ID Manchester narrows to four

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

The University of Manchester has shortened its longlist of potential development and investment partners for the £1.5bn ID Manchester innovation district to four bidders, including Bruntwood SciTech and Peel.

The scheme would see the redevelopment of the university’s North Campus, formerly the Umist site, into a science and research campus, delivered over the course of 15 years.

The remaining four bidders in the race are understood to be:

  • Bruntwood SciTech with London-based investor and developer Stanhope
  • Peel and Urban Splash
  • HBD, formerly Henry Boot Developments
  • Singapore-based investor Mapletree

The longlist, revealed by Place North West in November, included a partnership between BCEGI and Chinese firm Tuspark, which withdrew from the competition before Christmas. Muse Developments was also on the longlist and has not progressed, with some speculating this was due to its recent success as winner of the £800m Salford Crescent development contest.

ID Manchester will include 4m sq ft of mixed-use space including large areas of public realm. The focus will be on attracting science, research, development, cultural, and tech companies, along with some residential development; overall, there is expected to be 2.6m sq ft of offices and work space.

A partner was due to be chosen by autumn 2020, however due to the coronavirus outbreak, ID Manchester has announced the process would now be paused and the timetable reviewed again in eight weeks.

Once a development partner is selected, the JV between the developer and university will draw up a fresh masterplan for the site, secure planning, carry out all site-wide infrastructure works, build the site out, attract tenants, and hold the site as a long-term investment asset once it completes. This process is expected to take 15 years.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester, said: “Clearly, it makes sense to pause the procurement process as we all adapt to the unprecedented circumstances caused by the coronavirus outbreak, but we remain committed to this project and I still truly believe we can make ID Manchester the innovation capital of Europe, providing the perfect conditions for organisations of all sizes and from different sectors, to share knowledge and work together turning incredible ideas into reality.”

Diana Hampson, director of estates and facilities at the University of Manchester said: “This is more than a property transaction. ID Manchester will create a new, world-class innovation district situated in the heart of Manchester and alongside the University. Although we are pausing the procurement process in response to current circumstances, we look forward to resuming detailed dialogue with the selected bidders (perhaps using some alternatives to face-to-face meetings) in order to advance this exciting project.”

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How did Peel and Urban Splash make it through? They are not exactly known for their design or quality.


Lets pray that its anyone other than Peel and Urban Splash

By Bob

@Ok – I’m sure they’d beg to differ and are both known for regeneration,partnership and schemes that transform places New Islington,Fort Dunlop,Chimney Pot Park,,MediaCityUK,Salford Quays,Liverpool Waters,Trafford Centre etc .,As NW based developers why shouldn’t they make it through?

By Downtown


Mediacity, Liverpool Waters, the Trafford Centre.

God forbid *Peel* and urban Splash win the bid.

Hopefully it will be Bruntwood (see the superb Circle Square) and Stanhope.

By jrb

“I still truly believe we can make ID Manchester the innovation capital of Europe…’ sounds like wishful thinking and a typically empty epithet befitting a client devoid of any vision. What they seem to want is scorched earth and a bog standard city centre office development, ignoring the 120 years of heritage embodied in those fine Edwardian and post war buildings and the landscape which together make for one of the most distinctive bits of the city centre.

Any decent client / developer would recognise the assets already there and work with it rather than razing the lot (save for the red brick main building) to the ground.

By Don’t bother

Singapore-based investor Mapletree !!!!!!

By Sambow

@Don’t bother I don’t think anyone wants to raize anything from what the brief requests if anything it’s quite clear buildings like the Renold are huge assets, this area will be far from the usual office space as it has far greater International reach especially with Tech incubators

By CityCentre

OK, Bob and Jen, you are wrong and pathetic. Have you actually seen any developments by Urban Splash? They’re design led and amazing. As for Peel, have you not seen what they’re doing with Therme, near the Trafford Centre, or RHS Bridgewater Hall in Salford? Circle Square by Bruntwood is great. Some might knock it for being too dense and the public realm green getting no sunlight, but it’s a fantastic, progressive development. I think you’d find it difficult to find 2 developers with such a strong and long track record of long-term delivery and placemaking, and this custodianship piece will be integral to the succulent of this ID Mcr project. Get your facts straight and do some research please, and stop being so negative!

By Get Real