Work to start on £750m Manchester Circle Square

Aaron Morby 10 months ago

Joint venture partners Bruntwood and Select Property Group have gained planning to start the £55m first phase of Circle Square, a neighbourhood set on the former BBC site in Manchester city centre.

Circle Square CGI2 - Pavilion
Massive scheme on old BBC site will by built in five phases over 10 years

Construction will now begin on phase 1A of the £750m Oxford Road mixed-use development that offers office, retail, serviced apartments and flats. 

The initial work will involve two buildings, one 12-storey, the second ranging from 13 to 17 storeys, providing 600 serviced flats

The higher block will also provide retail and start-up commercial space at ground and mezzanine floor with new public realm space, including walkways along the River Medlock.

Designed to appeal to postgraduate and mature students, Select’s Vita properties at Circle Square buildings will also offer communal hub spaces, with media rooms, large private gym, private dining areas, lounges, extensive social areas and private study areas. 

Eventually the 2.3m sq ft neighbourhood will include residential, commercial and public space amenities as well as a shops. It will be delivered in five phases due to complete in 2025. 

Circle Square phase 1a site

Site clearance in central Manchester for Circle Square phase 1a site

Circle Square phase 1a

Phase 1A block for serviced apartments

Circle Square phase 1a

Two blocks making up £55m Circle Square phase 1A


Central Square area to be built in later phases


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