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Mixed-use New Victoria scheme approved

An eight-storey Grade A office building has been given the go-ahead as part of a multi-million regeneration project next to Manchester’s Victoria station.

Manchester City Council’s planning committee approved Muse Developments’ £185 million New Victoria scheme, which will also feature two new residential buildings.

As well as creating 15,000 sq ft of office accommodation on the 2.5-acre Corporation Street site, which is currently owned by scheme partner Network Rail, the commercial and residential buildings will also bring ground floor retail space and will be accompanied by car parking and public realm improvements.

Following the approval, Muse will now progress the design and contractor procurement process with construction expected to begin on site in Q4 2017.

David Burkinshaw, development director at Muse, says: “New Victoria offers an unparalleled location and an outstanding development opportunity.

“Securing planning consent is a key milestone for the project.”

David Biggs, managing director of Network Rail property, adds: “Being given the go ahead shows clearly that Network Rail’s £44 million investment at Manchester Victoria station has provided a major catalyst for wider regeneration in the city, delivering much-needed homes and development opportunities.”

Muse is working with Sheppard Robson and Arup on detailed design proposals for the scheme, and Deloitte provided support with the preparation of the planning application.