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 Ł1bn 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.
Commenting on the first signings, Toby Sproll, Head of Retail and Leisure at Bruntwood, said: “We are thrilled to have secured such quality operators and retailers as part of the first wave of signings for University Green. Our focus is to create an exciting mix of retail and leisure for the significant population that study, work and live in Corridor Manchester.”
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. Takk and Pret A Manger represented themselves. SP Associates represented Blackwell’s.