Planning approved for Upper Brook Street PBSA

McLaren Property and Kadans Science Partner secure planning consent for the Upper Brook Street purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in Manchester.

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The proposed development on Upper Brook Street in Manchester.

Developer McLaren Property and specialist science and technology developer Kadans Science Partner have been granted a resolution to approve full planning permission from Manchester City Council for the Upper Brook Street development in Ardwick, Manchester. Ashton Hale is working alongside the parties as planning consultant on the Upper Brook Street masterplan.

Property Alliance Group and Build to Rent provider Moda Living are working collaboratively with both companies to deliver a wider masterplan vision for Upper Brook Street. The parties involved are working to transform the suite of sites and deliver an exemplary new neighbourhood for the city.

Planning was awarded for McLaren Property and Kadans Science Partner’s part of the wider masterplan, which will deliver c.490,000 sq ft across two PBSA developments of nine and 23-storeys, totalling 737 student bedspaces in a mix of 288 studios and 449 cluster bedrooms.

The nine-storey building will deliver 216,000 sq ft of purpose built technical real estate space, developed by Kadans’ in-house team, whilst the student accommodation will be developed by McLaren Property.

The Upper Brook Street plans will also bring forward multi-use space for a community centre, commercial space for retail and a café, and new accessible public realm including play space, new trees and planting. McLaren Property and Kadans expect to start construction works in Q2 2024.

“We are thrilled that the planning committee resolved to support our reimagined vision for the regeneration of Upper Brook Street. This is a milestone moment for a project that is a true example of collaboration between developers, the council and wider stakeholders to drive positive change. 

“We are now focussed on delivering exemplary buildings and the raft of community benefits that this project will deliver. We look forward to the construction phase and bringing about the long-term positive contribution these new buildings and neighbourhood will make to Manchester’s economy.”

David Atherton, Divisional Managing Director, McLaren Property

Manchester City Council has also resolved to grant planning permission to Property Alliance Group and Moda Living for its portion of the wider Upper Brook Street masterplan. The pair are set to deliver 550,000 sq ft of life science floorspace and 983 student beds, along with new community facilities. The consortium revealed its integrated masterplan vision earlier this year, by architects Hawkins Brown, Sheppard Robson and SimpsonHaugh.

In total, the wider masterplan proposals include 766,000 sq ft of life science accommodation, 1,720 student beds, community facilities and public uses such as a GP surgery, a new community centre, a local convenience store, retail and cafes.

“It’s exciting to reach this important milestone in the development process. Adopting a philosophy of designing ‘inside-out’ the scheme combines strong architectural language with robust functionality to create an optimum framework for innovation and collaboration. We look forward to starting on site in 2024 and delivering on this transformational district that interlinks landscaped routes, ground floor activation and game changing science.”

Will Fogden, Senior Development Manager, Kadans Science Partner

The plans will open Upper Brook Street, connecting the separate sites to create a new district with a brand-new public square. It will provide over two acres of new public realm and vital green amenity space, designed by Reform and available for residents, workers and the local community.

Whilst also including improvements to key pedestrian routes, cycle connections and the city, the masterplan is expected to deliver almost 6,000 new jobs to the area and construction benefits of over £450m.

The integrated Upper Brook Street masterplan follows the key themes and design principles expressed within the Oxford Road Corridor Strategic Regeneration Framework (ORSRF), to deliver on the councils’ vision for this important strategic site.