A £750m regeneration scheme in Manchester city centre has been given a boost after planners recommended approval of a key residential tower.
The next stage of Circle Square, on the site of the former BBC building on Oxford Road, has been recommended for consent when Manchester City Council’s planning committee meets next week.
Plans for an 18-storey building that will provide 384 serviced apartments as well as retail units on the ground floor form part of phase 1C.
Construction is expected to last for 22 months.
The 2.3m sq ft masterplan, which is being led by a joint venture of developers Select Property and Bruntwood, is split into five phases to be delivered over a 10-year period.
The overall development has an estimated value of £750m.
Phase 1A, which is already under construction and due for completion in October 2017, will provide 280,000 sq ft of serviced apartments.
Phase 1B includes 305,630 sq ft of office space, a multi-storey car park, more than 447,000 sq ft of residential space and 105,000 sq ft of ground-floor commercial units.
The site was formerly home to the BBC’s New Broadcasting House, which was vacated in 2011 and demolished in 2012 after the broadcaster moved its staff to nearby MediaCity in Salford.
Select Property and Bruntwood are carrying out construction throughout the Circle Square scheme.