Plan for £500m Manchester student and sci-tech scheme

Joint venture developers Property Alliance Group and Moda Living have submitted plans for a landmark £500m mixed student accommodation and life science complex in Manchester.

The huge scheme will provide more than 1,100 student beds across three buildings, one rising to 42-storeys. The second element of three lower rise buildings will deliver 470,000 sq ft of life sciences space.

The Ardwick complex in the south east of the city centre will be built on a 2ha ribbon of land next to Upper Brook Street.

This is presently occupied by Williams Garage buildings and their associated car parking forecourts, which will be demolished.

Landmark student skyscraper will rise to 42 storeys

Work is hoped to start in the second quarter of 2024 on a construction programme that is expected to take just over seven years to complete.

Clear glazed and aluminium panel facades of the student buildings leading to terracotta-coloured facades of life science buildings along Upper Brook Street

The student accommodation, within three buildings rising to 12, 14 and 42 storeys, is expected to cost around £130m to build. The lower rise trio of science and innovation buildings rising to 5, 7, 9 storeys will cost around £170m to deliver.

The life science buildings will surround a grade II* listed former Unitarian Chapel building that is being retained on the site.


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