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Manchester City Council approves Circle Square retail and leisure pop up space

RBR Staff Writer Published 01 November 2017

Property company Bruntwood has secured approval from Manchester City Council to transform a vacant courtyard area adjacent to Manchester Technology Centre at Circle Square into a retail and leisure pop-up space.

Hatch will occupy the space under the city’s flyover and will offer a range of pop-up and semi-permanent retail fixtures.

Bruntwood said it will offer flexible and affordable licenses to businesses which are planning to use the space.

Hatch will help to set up Circle Square, Bruntwood’s £750m joint venture with Select Property, as a leisure destination.

The phase one of the scheme is expected to be opened in December and will be curated, curated, operated and managed by one of Bruntwood’s teams.

Bruntwood Retail Surveyor James Tootle said: “Now that Hatch has been granted planning permission we are excited to bring it to life at Circle Square.

“We look forward to welcoming Takk and Öl to the scheme and invite other operators, innovators and start-ups, to get in touch.

“Hatch will be the first step in providing a boost to the existing retail and leisure offer on the Oxford Road Corridor and transforming this area into a destination for people to visit.”

Hatch will include one million ft2 of commercial office space, 1281 new homes, 100,000 ft2 of retail and leisure space for shops, studios, bars and restaurants. There will be space for multi-storey car park and two hotels are expected to offer additional amenity to the site.

The buildings will be centred around 250,000 ft2 of public realm which will include more than thousand plants flowers and 180 semi-mature trees, and a green space which are four times the size of an average football pitch. 

Work is already taking place on-site and by early 2020 more than 60% of the masterplan is expected to be completed.

Image: Bruntwood to construct new retail space in Oxford Road, Manchester City. Photo: Courtesy of Bruntwood.