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First brands sign up to University Green, and AMBS redevelopment update

(23 March 2017)

Retail Announcement 
Bruntwood and The University of Manchester have recently announced the first retail and leisure signings at University Green – the area underneath the new Alliance MBS Building around the Oxford Road elevation.  This space will provide 40,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space across 12 units each with double-height glazed frontages. 

Blackwell’s is the first retail brand to be confirmed.  Second up is Manchester’s award-winning artisan coffee house, Takk, which will be opening its second site in the city. The café will provide exceptional coffee alongside a breakfast, brunch and bespoke craft beer offer. Completing the first wave of signings is a new Pret A Manger.

All three will open is Summer 2018.


Harold Hankins Building
Staff and students have now vacated the Harold Hankins Building with the staff previously in occupation now located in Denmark Roadk, and the PGR students on J floor of Sackville Street. 

Work continues as planned on the redevelopment – the majority of the steel work has been completed on the new library and learning space (previously the University Precinct Centre) and the roof will go on this area in the next few weeks. 

The strip-out of the old Alliance MBS West building is almost complete and work has begun on the new feature staircase linking the entrance to the library and learning space. Piling work has started on the extension and new entrance area to the School. 

Executive Education Centre 
This building is rapidly taking shape and the fins are now in place on the back of the building, adding a bit of colour to Higher Cambridge Street.  The fixtures and fittings have been selected for the building and the procurement stage is now underway for these. 

Work is progressing well.  The building is due to be complete in December 2017 and we are awaiting a formal opening date for the hotel, which is likely to be early in 2018. Some of the rooms on the lower floors are starting to be decorated as well. The crane will be taken down in the coming weeks by an even taller mobile crane.