A joint venture between Capital & Centric and Carillion, alongside Bruntwood, First Step, Valad and Muse, have put forward proposals for the Manchester city centre site.
Network Rail and Manchester City Council appointed DTZ in August to find a developer to bring forward a mixed-use scheme on the land around the train station including the outgoing Cornerhouse cinema.
Site plans and designs will be produced as part of the next stage of the tender process in 2015.
The site has the potential for up to 500,000 sq ft of development including offices, hotel and residential, together with leisure and retail, on the Oxford Road and Whitworth Street West frontages.
The Cornerhouse will vacate the corner site when it moves to its new base at HOME in First Street next May.
The Capital & Centric team includes 5plus Architects, GVA, Planit IE, Zerum, and Deloitte Real Estate.
DTZ, Muse, Valad, First Step and Carillion declined or were unavailable to comment.