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Old November 16th, 2017, 10:59 AM   #1
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Leading property developer, Bruntwood has broken ground on the first two commercial buildings at its landmark £750m Circle Square joint venture development in Manchester.

Designed for innovative 21st Century businesses, the buildings are due to be completed in early 2020. They have been designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and will be built by contractor, John Sisk & Son Limited.

Standing at 14 storeys and 17 storeys tall respectively, the buildings will provide a combined total of 400,000 sq ft of space for progressive businesses across a range of sectors, including digital and technology.

The workspaces will be highly energy efficient Grade A, BREEAM “excellent” standard, featuring floor-to-ceiling height glazing to maximise the light, raised-access flooring and full air-conditioning.

They will feature Bruntwood’s latest innovative workspace designs, which include collaborative coworking, studios and social spaces. Bruntwood will also offer a dedicated programme of social, health and wellbeing and business support events led by a designated community engagement manager.

The buildings form phase one of the planned 1.2m sq ft commercial offering at the new city centre neighbourhood and take their design inspiration from the surrounding grand Victorian warehouses, while inside a lofty contemporary industrial feel has been carried through.

Bradley Topps, Head of Transactions and Asset Management, Bruntwood said: “Circle Square will be a city centre neighbourhood like no other and we are thrilled to begin the construction of these commercial buildings.

“Situated in the heart of the Oxford Road Corridor, the new workspaces will be ideally located for customers looking to access the world class academic research and development facilities located on the doorstep and, all just a few minutes’ walk from the city’s key transport links and commercial district.

“Businesses wishing to join this unique community as early as 2018, can take up space in the newly refurbished Manchester Technology Centre which will be re-opening in Spring 2018.”

Guy Fowler, Managing Director UK North & Major Projects said: “Sisk is proud to have been selected by Bruntwood to deliver this important development in such a key location within the City. It has been an enormous privilege to work closely with the Bruntwood team to help develop the logistics strategy for this prime development and we look forward to utilising our extensive commercial experience in the creation of this new and important neighbourhood in Manchester”

The buildings will be centred around 250,000 sq ft of beautiful public realm, comprising more than 1,000 plants and flowers,180 semi-mature trees and much needed open, inviting green space in the middle.

Significant development work has already taking place on-site and by early 2020 over 60% of the masterplan will be complete. Select Property Group’s two Vita Student buildings opened last month, with over 400 students moving on to the scheme.

Work is taking place this autumn to clear a significant piece of land on the Circle Square site. Demolition contractors will remove Armstrong House and the Mancunian Way spur, which will be the location for one of the hotels and a large multi-storey car park.



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Old November 17th, 2017, 03:46 PM   #2
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Some photos would be nice... I've not seen any additional activity since Vita was completed. Pretty sure PAG said that they started on site on Oxygen in December 2016 and they've only just finished digging out the site.
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Old December 4th, 2017, 06:34 PM   #3
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Thanks Jrb.

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Pictures as promised earlier... (Not the best, taken in a rush)

From the junction of Chester Street and Oxford Road


Another lorry arriving on site

A reminder of what we can expect

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Some more images from the Design and Access Statement.

First one is a bit blurred.















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Old December 4th, 2017, 08:51 PM   #4
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There are ground floor retail units in those blocks aren't there? They don't seem to be reflected in the above renders.
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Some info about the construction workers accommodation can be found here:

http://avdanzer.co.uk/av-danzer-deli...e-development/
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Why do construction workers need accommodation onsite?
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Toilets, somewhere to wash before eating food, somewhere to eat lunch, tool stores, meeting rooms. Construction sites are a far cry from what they were 30 years ago, and a bloody sight safer, thankfully.
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Old December 6th, 2017, 02:21 PM   #9
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Sorry, I'm clearly confused. By 'accommodation' I thought it meant living and sleeping space. I should read more thoroughly next time.
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Old December 11th, 2017, 04:10 PM   #10
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Ace models. Bit concerned why the 18 storey block is Black though.





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Old December 14th, 2017, 06:17 PM   #12
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The car park looks a bit different or is that the new design?
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The car park looks a bit different or is that the new design?
No hotel on top. I wonder if it's been dropped?
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Old December 14th, 2017, 06:24 PM   #14
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No hotel on top. I wonder if it's been dropped?
Could be, I can see what appears to be a ramp and those little white things on top look like cars?? On my phone screen anyway.

Obviously we wouldn't see any of that if the hotel was on top. Maybe it was dropped.
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Hotel is still there. It only takes half of the roof. You can just see it in the middle pic.
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Hotel is still there. It only takes half of the roof. You can just see it in the middle pic.
Well spotted. That's that settled.
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Ah! Good spot dodkins, nice one
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Couple of updates while walking past in the Manchester rain, sorry for phone quality, darkness and erm, rain...



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2017-12-19CircleSquare by Andrew Roberts, on Flickr
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