After a competitive tender process, Network Rail and Manchester City Council have named family-owned property company, Bruntwood, as the preferred development partner for land adjacent to Manchester Oxford Road Station.
The partners will be working closely with Bruntwood to agree a development framework for the site. The vision for the site is to create an exciting mixed-use district that supports the growth of Manchester’s knowledge-based economy and the Northern Powerhouse. Proposals are expected to include significant improvements to the Grade II listed Oxford Road Station.
Bruntwood, Network Rail and the Council are aligned to ensure that the redevelopment of this scheme and the Northern Hub proposals are developed strategically to both improve access to, and increase capacity of the station.
Stuart Kirkwood, Director of Development at Network Rail said, “We know that investing in stations provides a major catalyst for wider regeneration in our towns and cities. By working with Manchester City Council we can unlock valuable land around Manchester Oxford Road Station and dramatically improve the experience for passengers whilst delivering much-needed new homes, jobs and economic growth.”
Bruntwood have worked with Manchester City Council on numerous schemes over the last 30 years, pioneering improvements across the city, and are currently working with Network Rail on the redevelopment of City House in Leeds.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Developing the station – along with the surrounding area – represents a fantastic opportunity for a key area of regeneration in the city centre, which will match and help support the growth ambitions of the city.”
Chris Oglesby, CEO at Bruntwood, said: “The redevelopment of Oxford Road Station offers remarkable scope to create a mixed-use development of retail, commercial and residential accommodation. The site benefits from access to skills due to its location at the gateway to Corridor Manchester and the Central Business District, its transport connectivity and exceptional footfall.
“We’re also interested in the impact that the redevelopment will have in enhancing Oxford Road’s position as a gateway into the city, connecting people to the places that we’re creating, such as Circle Square, MSP Central and Citylabs and ultimately supporting Corridor Manchester in its aim of being a top five European Innovation District.”