VITA Circle Square Manchester

Client. Select Property Group / Vita Group / Wates
Location. Manchester
Value & Size. £61 million / 282,770 sqft / 716 Dwellings
Services. Architecture / Interiors
Status. Completed

VITA Circle Square Manchester

Client. Select Property Group / Vita Group / Wates
Location. Manchester
Value & Size. £61 million / 282,770 sqft / 716 Dwellings
Services. Architecture / Interiors
Status. Completed

Vita Student was the first phase of the Circle Square masterplan for the strategic regeneration of the former BBC site on Oxford Road and became our second Vita Student project. The Circle Square masterplan, to be delivered over a decade, will create an employment led, vibrant and new neighbourhood within Manchester City Centre. It’s proximity to institutes of knowledge and science make the site unique. The vision is to build upon this, creating a place for bold and brilliant people and businesses, innovating for the future. The £750 million, 2.25 million sqft mixed use development comprises; commercial, private residential, serviced accommodation, hotel, retail, leisure, exceptional new public spaces, public realm, car parking and new routes.

Vita Student is a luxury serviced accommodation development that offers private living for a growing number of international, undergraduate and post-graduate students studying at the Manchester’s universities. Completed in 2019, the project delivered 282,770 sqft of space comprising of 716 purpose built student accommodation units across two buildings, with a mix of 576 studio apartments and 140 cluster bedrooms contained within a five bedroom cluster apartment.

Building 10 comprises 496 units of between 20 sqm and 36 sqm studios for single, double, and twin occupancy and a proportion of 5 bedroom cluster apartments containing 13 sqm cluster bedrooms, over a part 13, part 17 storey building. A generous amenity space is provided at lower levels in addition to retail and incubator/commercial space. Building 11 comprises 220 units of between 25 sqm and 32 sqm studios with the top two floors occupying 22, 49 sqm duplexes with private, external terraces, over a 12 storey building. Generous amenity space is provided at ground floor. Associated external amenity space and cycle parking is also provided.

Evolving the Vita Student brand since our first new build Vita Student at First Street, our design approach is again grounded in the same logic of generating an efficient layout, structure and envelope before developing the façade to be relevant to context, technical parameters and the future masterplan.

Project Team
Photography. Felix Monneeram / Adrian Lambert
Façade build-up detail
Concept CGI
Concept CGI
Cluster Studio
Duplex Studio
Elevation
Location Plan
Ground Floor Plan
Typical Upper Floor Plan

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