Manchester booms as two major schemes approved
The building boom in Manchester has been fired up further after two major schemes gained planning approval.
The largest will see Balfour Beatty now start work later this year on the University of Manchester's £350m engineering campus.
The Manchester Engineering Campus Development will be one of the largest, single construction projects ever undertaken by a higher education institution in the UK.
At 195m long, the development's main building – MEC Hall – could easily accommodate Manchester's tallest building, Beetham Tower, laid sideways.
Architects Mecanoo designed the flagship project which will open in 2020 and bring together a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific community and consolidate the University's student campus around Oxford Road.
City Council planners have also nodded through the largest building phase of the £750m Circle Square scheme, which will stand in the place of the former BBC site at the heart of Corridor Manchester.
Joint venture developers Bruntwood and Select Property Group have got the thumbs up for a 36-storey residential tower, and two office blocks of 18- and 14-storeys.
Construction of this major element, known as phase 1b, will start in early 2017.
In total this part of the scheme will deliver 105,000 sq ft of shops and restaurants, over 300,000 sq ft of workspace, 677 flats and 1,000-space multi-storey car park.