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First brands sign up for University Green

15 Mar 2017

Terrific trio to locate in key redevelopment of Campus Masterplan

AMBS retail view

The University and developers Bruntwood have today announced the first retail and leisure signings at University Green, part of the University’s £1 billion Campus Masterplan and redevelopment.

University Green is sited around Alliance Manchester Business School on Oxford Road and back to Manchester Science Partnerships on Lloyd Street North. When complete next year the scheme will provide 40,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space across 12 units each with double-height glazed frontages.

Academic and general bookshop Blackwell’s is the first retail brand to be confirmed for University Green, taking a 6,300 sq ft store.

Second up is Manchester’s award-winning artisan coffee house, Takk, who will be opening its second site in the city.  The 1,500 sq ft café will provide exceptional coffee alongside a breakfast, brunch and bespoke craft beer offer . Takk will be collaborating with the Sheila Bird Group to create a thoughtful design, responding to its unique location and customer experience.

Completing the first wave of signings is a new 2,500 sq ft Pret A Manger.

All three will open in Summer 2018 shortly after completion of the scheme.

Diana Hampson, Director of Estates and Facilities, said: “It is very exciting to have the first brands signed up and to see the University’s Campus Masterplan vision take shape. This landmark development in Manchester will highlight Corridor Manchester as an extension to the city.”

Bruntwood and The University of Manchester’s £50 million Oxford Road regeneration project also includes public realm improvements alongside the newly enhanced and extended 350,000 sq ft Alliance Manchester Business School.  Complementing the redevelopment of University Green will be a 210-bed Crowne Plaza Hotel and 116-room Staybridge Suites, both opening at the end of 2017. Over 60,000 people are currently employed in the area and this is expected to grow to over 75,000 by 2020.