Plans submitted for £1.7bn Manchester regeneration


The University of Manchester has revealed plans to develop an innovation district in the city centre. 

The University of Manchester building.
Credit: The University of Manchester.

ID Manchester will be located at the university’s North Campus and house its advanced materials, health innovation, digital technology and biotech developments. 

The university is in partnership with Stanhope and Bruntwood SciTech, a Joint Venture (JV) between developer Bruntwood and Legal & General. 

Manchester City Council’s executive committee will review the plans next week, followed by a six-week public consultation. 

Inside the scheme

The strategic regeneration framework (SRF) for ID Manchester is an update from the North Campus SRF that the university proposed in 2017. 

Spanning 372,000 sqm, the site will include more than 1,500 homes and around 186,000 sqm of commercial and retail space. 

Additionally, the district will have two hotels, and developers will invest more than £28 million into a public realm for events in the city. 

Regarding transport, the site will be adjacent to Piccadilly Railway Station

Social value

The masterplan anticipates that the district will create more than 10,000 jobs, apprenticeship, and work experience opportunities for residents, generating £900 million in GVA annually.

With almost four hectares of green space, the site aims to improve biodiversity by 10%.

Bruntwood SciTech expects the development to take up to 15 years to complete. 

“We’re excited to share our plans with the public and welcome their feedback on how ID Manchester can benefit Greater Manchester communities,” said Lou Cordwell OBE, director of ID Manchester. 

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