Plans are afoot to develop the former BBC site in central Manchester, one of the largest commercial developments to be planned since the 2008 Credit Crunch.
The site has been occupied by Broadcasting House, a slab block custom-built for the BBC that has filled it for over forty years, and that has been much criticised thanks to the impermeable design that presented an impenetrable frontage along Oxford Road.
The latest proposals for regeneration are being worked on by developer, Realty Estates who hope to achieve planning permission for a 75,000 square metre multi-building mixed-use project.
It's being designed by Feilden Bradley Clegg which has penned a number of buildings including new residential apartments, student accommodation, a hotel, ground floor retail that could include a new supermarket, and landscaped areas to turn the site into a new urban quarter. Also included will be new pedestrian routes through the site. Surprisingly, there is no major office space within the scheme.
Assisting Feilden Bradley Clegg in the masterplanning of the project is Israeli firm Alex Meitlis Architects, whilst DPP is working as the planning consultant.
In preparation for the future, demolition began on Broadcasting House last month, and a planning application for the masterplan should be due any day now.