Circle Square Manchester

Circle Square is an area of Manchester City Centre on Oxford Road, in North West England. It is a 2.4 million sq ft development consisting of commercial buildings, student residential, private rented residential, retail and leisure space and a large public realm. Circle Square is a joint venture between Vita Group and Bruntwood SciTech. It is estimated to have cost £750 million.[1]

Circle Square in 2017


Circle Square occupies the former BBC Oxford Road site.[2] The site was acquired by Bruntwood in March 2015 with plans to transform the site into a commercially led mixed-use development scheme. Following approval of the masterplan by Manchester City Council, Vita Group was chosen as joint venture partner to deliver the residential element of the scheme.[3]

Present dayEdit

Hatch, a Pop-up retail area is in Circle Square. Opened in March 2018, Hatch is a curated space for independent traders and retailers, offering short term, flexible leases.[4] In June 2019 Hatch expanded from 10 to 30 units. Hatch currently houses over 30 independent businesses.[5]

The Manchester Tech Incubator is in Circle Square.[6]

The housing and accommodation at Circle Square is provided by Vita Group. Vita Student consists of student accommodation and Vita Living provides private rented apartments. The first two Vita Student buildings opened in September 2017 and the third in September 2019. The three buildings contain 1,100 apartments.

The second phase of development opened in 2021 and includes Vita Living East which opened in January 2021, and Vita Living North which opened in September 2021.[7]

The two commercial buildings, No.1 and No.2 Circle Square, opened in March 2021.[8] No.1 Circle Square stands at 12 storeys high, while No.2 Circle Square is at 16 storeys.[9]

The commercial buildings' tenants include Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Hilti, Mills & Reeve[10] and Autocab[11]

The commercial and residential buildings surround ‘Symphony Park’, designed by landscape architects Planit.[12] and includes 187 semi-mature trees and over 1,000 plants, flowers and shrubs.[13]

Future developmentsEdit

Plans are in progress to build a third commercial building, No.3 Circle Square, which will stand at 12 storeys. It is expected that construction work on No.3 Circle Square will begin in 2022.


  1. ^ Finch, Isabel (2019-11-18). "First two Bruntwood SciTech buildings top out at Circle Square development". BusinessLive. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  2. ^ Begum, Shelina (2019-03-18). "Work begins on steel structure for car park and hotel at Circle Square scheme". men. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  3. ^ "Bruntwood Reveal Partner For £750m BBC Oxford Road Scheme". Confidentials. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  4. ^ Hatch
  5. ^ Nazir, Sahar (2019-12-11). "A walk-through of Hatch in Manchester". Retail Gazette. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  6. ^ "Place North West | MSP opens Oxford Road tech incubator". Place North West. 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  7. ^ "GALLERY | Inside Vita Living North at Circle Square". 28 October 2021.
  8. ^ Media, Insider. "Major milestone reached on Circle Square". Insider Media Ltd. Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  9. ^ "Circle Square Brochure 2019" (PDF). Circle Square. March 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Place North West | Mills & Reeve confirms Circle Square move". Place North West. 2019-11-13. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
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  12. ^ "Place North West | GALLERY | Circle Square takes shape". Place North West. 2019-07-25. Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  13. ^ "Place North West | GALLERY | Circle Square takes shape". Place North West. 2019-07-25. Retrieved 2020-01-08.

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Coordinates: 53°28′23″N 2°14′18″W / 53.4731°N 2.2384°W / 53.4731; -2.2384