Green light given to Circle Square scheme

Green light given to Circle Square scheme

The vision for Oxford Road’s new neighbourhood, Circle Square, is one step closer to reality today after partners Select Property Group and Bruntwood were given planning permission for the biggest planning application of the scheme.

With 60% of the scheme set to complete by the end of 2019, Circle Square will stand in the place of the former BBC site at the heart of Corridor Manchester.

Circle Square’s phase 1b permission includes 105,000 sq ft of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, 305,630 sq ft of work space, 677 residential apartments and 1,000 space multi-storey car park, as well as much needed green space.

Central to the neighbourhood will be two collaborative leisure spaces that enable people and businesses to come together. The Green will be a much needed outdoor space for the city, with a 20,000 sq ft pavilion underneath, offering a wide variety of indoor and outdoor events and restaurants. The surrounding public realm, called The Ribbon, will be brought to life with a diverse mix of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.

The Oxford Road gateway, architecturally inspired by the grand Victorian warehouses of the area, will act as the main entrance to Circle Square and will comprise two new Grade A office buildings of flexible workspaces where progressive businesses will collaborate to drive innovation and to compete. 

Chris Oglesby, CEO at Bruntwood added:  “Our vision was to design a city centre space that will be enjoyed by a rich and diverse set of people and businesses, and we are hugely excited to see how this enhances the innovation district that is Corridor Manchester, as well as the city as a whole. 

“Its potential cannot be underestimated.  We have the best transport links in the country and will be sitting among world leading centres of knowledge, science, technology, business, art, music and dance – we believe Circle Square will bring together the kind of people that will achieve extraordinary things in the future.”

Mark Stott, CEO of Select Property Group, said: “We’re looking forward to creating this vibrant new neighbourhood, which we’re confident will be an exciting new place for everyone to enjoy; buzzing with life and adding to the culture and economy of this fantastic city.”