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FCBS reveals BBC Manchester redevelopment plans

[First look] Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has unveiled 74,000m² plans for the mixed-use redevelopment of the BBC’s former Manchester headquarters

Working alongside Tel-Aviv-based Alex Meitlis Architecture and Design, the studio has masterplanned a mix of commercial and residential uses for the high-profile Oxford Road site.

Leisure, hotel, office and supermarket uses are planned, alongside student and market accommodation and non-food retail. A ‘unique civic space’ for exhibition, broadcast and cultural performance is also proposed.

The project for developer Realty Estates replaces the RA Sparks-designed 1971 New Broadcast House which starts demolition next month.

Feilden Clegg Bradley’s Matthew Brown said: ‘This is a fantastic brief to comprehensively redevelop the former BBC Broadcasting House and establish a new identity that is expressive of the area’s unique cocktail of energies and prominent position at one of the most visible and accessible parts of the city.

‘The scheme is about creating connections and establishing a new locus of working, shopping, relaxing andliving at the nexus of the city centre and university cluster.

‘The new masterplan inverts the closed, imposing character of the old BBC complex, opening the site up with new pedestrian pathways and generous open spaces in two levels to enhance the street experience on this critical segment at thebeginning of the Oxford Road cultural corridor.’

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios' vision for the redevelopment of the BBC’s former Manchester headquarters

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ vision for the redevelopment of the BBC’s former Manchester headquarters

Realty Estates head of developments Shahram Sakhdari added: ‘Realty Estates is delighted to announce our plans for the BBC site. We have been working with our team and the City Council to develop an exciting scheme that represents a statement of confidence in the Oxford Road area, which is shared by the marketplace.

‘Initial discussions with the City Council have been extremely positive and we look forward to working with them and other stakeholders prior to submitting a planning application in due course. This is a deliverable scheme, and we look forward to major investment, regeneration and substantial employment creation for local people.’

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