Bruntwood and The University of Manchester have announced the first retail and leisure signings at the recently launched University Green, which forms part of the University’s £1bn campus masterplan and redevelopment.
Academic and general bookshop, Blackwell’s, is the first confirmed tenant, taking a 6,300-sq ft store. It is joined by Manchester’s award winning artisan coffee house, Takk, which will open a 1,500-sq ft café. Completing the first wave of signings is a new 2,500- sq ft Pret A Manger. All three will open in Summer 2018 shortly after completion of the scheme.
When complete next year the scheme will provide 40,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space across 12 units each with double-height glazed frontages. Complementing the redevelopment of University Green will be a 210-bed Crowne Plaza Hotel and 116-room Staybridge Suites, both opening at the end of 2017. Over 60,000 people are currently employed in the area and this is expected to grow to over 75,000 by 2020.
Metis Real Estate Advisors represented Bruntwood. SP Associates represented Blackwell’s.