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GBS currently occupies 18,216 sq ft within Building 4 at the 258,000 sq ft Universal Square

GBS eyes growth at Universal Square 

Dan Whelan

The Global Banking School wants to increase its presence at MCR Property Group’s Manchester office complex to 48,000 sq ft. 

GBS currently occupies 18,216 sq ft within Building 4 at the 258,000 sq ft Universal Square, located on Devonshire Street North in Ardwick. 

The higher education provider offers a range of industry-focused courses including health and social care, business and enterprise, global business, and healthcare management. 

As part of its planned expansion at Universal Square, GBS is planning to add courses in computing, finance, accounting, and entrepreneurship to its syllabus. 

A projected increase in student numbers over the next three years, from 1,370 to 6,600, has prompted GBS to expand its footprint by taking an additional 30,000 sq ft, currently used as offices. 

A planning application submitted to Manchester City Council requests consent for the change of use of the offices to educational space. 

Iceni Projects is advising MCR on planning. 

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