Circle Square Phase 1A Approved

The first planning application for Circle Square, Bruntwood and the Select Property Group’s ambitious £750m redevelopment of the former BBC site on Oxford Road, has gained approval.

The £55m residential towers designed by 5plus Architects will provide 716 serviced apartments, managed through Select’s Vita Student brand. The two distinct blocks offer generous ground and mezzanine floor space for residents’ facilities, complemented by retail and start-up commercial space within the higher building.

The Planit-IE designed public realm associated with this phase includes a publicly-accessible riverside park, giving access to the Medlock and enhancing amenity along one of the few sections of exposed river within the city centre. A new, animated street is also created, designed to encourage activity and spill-out whilst providing practical local amenities at the heart of the expanding community. These elements form part of an overall environment designed to create a true sense of place and connect the site into its surroundings.

Mark Stott, CEO of Select Property Group, said: “Today’s approval is a major milestone in our joint venture partnership with Bruntwood and for the Vita Student brand. We are looking forward to expanding our award-winning Vita Student offering to a second Manchester site, which will be ready for the September 2017 academic year.

“Securing approval for the first phase is a significant part of our vision to create a new neighbourhood for the city, which will be complemented by future phases featuring extensive green areas as well as commercial, residential and retail buildings that are to be considered by planners.”

In total, Circle Square will comprise over 2.3 million sq ft of residential, commercial and public space. Planit-IE and Feilden Clegg Bradley are the joint placemaking and development masterplanners, working with CRE8 Management (Project Manager), Deloitte (Planning Consultant), Curtins Consulting (Structural and Highways Engineers), Cundall (M&E Engineers) and Appleyard & Trew (Cost Consultant).