Circle Square Masterplan
In Brief

Bruntwood and Select Property Group


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Circle Square is an exciting new neighbourhood in the heart of Manchester City Centre.

It is located on the former BBC site on Oxford Road, Corridor Manchester's innovation district surrounded by leading institutions in art, dance, culture, science and technology.

Unmatched in location and scale the scheme will create a pioneering new destination within the city that will include over 1700 new homes, more than 1.2 million square feet of offices, two hotels and 100,000 square feet of retail and leisure space for shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. 

Buildings will be situated around a large central green, offering a rare and valuable place in the city for people to relax and interact. 

FCBStudios were initially commissioned to masterplan the project and are now working on three office buildings, a pair of residential buildings including a 34 storey tower, student housing and the pavilion buildings -  two subterranean buildings located at either end of the central green that will accommodate innovative retailers and leisure operators.

The architecture is informed by the grand Victorian warehouses nearby and will feature glazed terracotta tile façades.

This pioneering and highly sustainable redevelopment will be delivered in three phases, with 60% of the scheme delivered by 2021.

The central green

At the heart of the new masterplan is a central green, an anchor to the neighbourhood and its offices, residential, leisure and retail users. It is a green canvas that can accommodate a variety of scalable uses, from yoga to picnicking, theatre, culture and the arts, to simply relaxing and watching the world go by.

Beneath the green is a vibrant, dynamic and ever-changing events space which will provide leisure and entertainment day and night. 

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Throughout Circle Square, the energy requirements for heating and cooling have been addressed using passive principles; using high-insulation building fabric to reduce heat loss in winter coupled with solar control glazing to reduce solar gain and associated overheating.

This simple passive approach enables the overall energy use to be reduced, prior to the introduction of low and zero carbon technologies in the building design. 

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2020 Insider Media North West Placemaking Project of the Year

Aerial view of Circle Square Manchester during construction
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