Sheppard Robson on winning team for Oxford Road Station development

14th March 2016

Bruntwood has been named preferred developer for the site around Manchester Oxford Road Station with Sheppard Robson appointed as architect for the project.

Network Rail and Manchester City Council launched the search for a developer in August 2014 with a view to creating a mixed use development including offices, residential, leisure and retail on the Oxford Road site. The project also includes the potential for improvements to the Grade II listed Oxford Road Station.

Bruntwood has been involved in various sites along Oxford Road, including Circle Square the £750m redevelopment of the former BBC site, which it is delivering in partnership with Select Property.

A statement from the development partners said: “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.”

Tony O’Brien, Partner at Sheppard Robson, said:

“We are delighted to continue our relationship with Bruntwood and support the team and their joint venture partners in the development of this exciting brief, which we believe will build on the successful contribution made with projects such as Citylabs.

“The redevelopment of this pivotal gateway into the centre of Manchester is a key part of the growing success of the Corridor.”

Chris Oglesby, Chief Executive of 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.”