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The ID site sits close to the grade two-listed Sackville Street building

University to enter detailed talks with ID Manchester bidders

Sarah Townsend

The search to appoint a development partner for the £1.5bn innovation district has restarted following a pause during lockdown, and the winner is expected to be announced next spring.

The University of Manchester put the procurement process on hold in March because of the Covid-19 pandemic, having already notified the four preferred bidders.

The longlist includes:

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

The university will now go into detailed discussions with the longlisted bidders and the next announcement – the selected development partner – is expected to take place in early 2021.

The winning bidder was initially due to be chosen by autumn this year, but this has been pushed back.

ID Manchester is a proposed 4m sq ft mixed-use scheme intended to attract science, research, development, cultural and technology companies to the university’s property estate. A total of 2.6m sq ft of offices and other workspace is proposed, along with some residential development and three acres of public realm.

The city centre site sits close to the 650,000 sq ft, grade two-listed Sackville Street Building, which also offers an opportunity for repurposing, according to the university.

Diana Hampson, director of estates and facilities at the University of Manchester, said: “We look forward to beginning detailed dialogue with the selected bidders.

“Pausing the process has allowed ourselves and the bidding teams space to deal with the immediate impact and challenges created by the pandemic. ID Manchester is an incredibly exciting project and we are looking forward to progressing to the next stage.”

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ID Manchester is not a project, it has no unique vision or selling point, it’s simply an empty brand to flog some land. The uni want the highest price possible and are willing to sacrifice a century’s worth of heritage to cash in. UMIST has been swallowed by Manchester Uni and the campus sale which will surely see everything save for the listed Main Building destroyed is the final nail in the coffin of this once proud institution as the university seeks to consign it to history. They’re philistines of the highest order.

By Unimpressed

“The winner” lol!
This is not architecture, unless shed design is now included.

By Gorby

I personally think this is a great idea. The UoM have kept the unique identity of all the engineering buildings on the North Campus by investing over £400m in the new MECD campus on Upper Brook Street, securing places for academics and students for generations to come in world leading state of the art facilities. Times change, organisations change, and buildings have a natural life span. I personally feel we all have to move with the times. Looking forward to seeing a new district be developed so close to Piccadilly.

By Why not

A very exciting development area in the heart of the city centre! Great to see local developers, Bruntwood and Peel/Urban Splash working in partnership, a part of the process for a development of this magnitude in Manchester! Both have invested heavily and been major success stories in the evolution across Greater Manchester in the past 30 plus years. Can’t wait to see what comes out of this.

By Optimist

Really looking forward to this and it will be key to the future economic growth of Manchester due to its close proximity to Piccadilly and the proposed HS2 station. Those against this are living in the past, the city will be a better place when the ghastly MSS building is knocked down.

By New Wave

Peel & Urban Splash is a formidable partnership. Both are fantastic developers outright, in different ways, and combined together could offer something really very special for this site. Very excited to see this happen and I hope they are successful!

By Look Forward

Knock it down and start again

By Dan