Manchester Metropolitan University has received consent to convert the vacant 16,400 sq ft former showroom in Hulme into “short-to-medium term” office space for its estates team, as the institution redevelops its property portfolio.
The council is working on the biggest regeneration framework the area has seen in decades, to encompass a stretch of land along the Wirral Peninsula taking in areas such as Seacombe, Liscard, New Brighton, Birkenhead, New Ferry and Bromborough.
The developer, formerly Henry Boot Developments, has acquired the 39,000 sq ft building, built in 2001, from education provider LTE Group for an undisclosed sum and plans to demolish it and deliver an office scheme that would “rip up the rulebook”.
An entity of TaylorHighdale, a developer headed up by directors Robert Taylor and former Liverpool footballer Sean Highdale, wants to build 86 apartments across two blocks on the corner of Blundell Street and Simpson Street in the city centre.
Asset manager Altered Space, under its Maloneview SPV, has won consent to further redevelop the 60,000 sq ft The Square shopping centre in the town centre, following approval in March for a wider mixed-use scheme at the site.