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Client iQ Student Accommodation
Turley office Manchester
Status Planning permission granted
LPA Manchester City Council

New purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in Manchester City Centre

Our role

  •  The proposed development will see the regeneration of a gateway site in the city centre, within the Whitworth Street Conservation Area.
  • We project managed the application process for new purpose-built student accommodation in Manchester city centre. Permission was granted for a combined co-living and PBSA scheme in 2018 before iQ submitted an updated proposal for a wholly PBSA scheme to respond to the significant need and demand for such development in the city centre.
  • Led pre-application consultation strategy involving discussion with council officers, liaison with Historic England and ensured a wide reaching and accessible consultation with the local community, stakeholder groups and the media through a hybrid approach of digital (webinar, website and social media ads) and traditional methods of communication (press release, leaflet and presentations) to understand feedback on the scheme.
  • The application was also supported by a range of other Turley services including Heritage, EIA, Economics and Sustainability, who provided expert advice about sustainability and zero-carbon credentials, targetting BREEAM ‘Excellent’.


  • The proposed development will provide 1,224 student beds in a mix of clusters and studios set across three towers of 16, 22 and 28-storeys alongside ground floor communal amenity space and cycle parking provision.
  • Responds to and provides a notable contribution to the significant need and demand for high quality PBSA in Manchester.
  • Planning permission was secured in summer 2023.

Images courtesy of Sheppard Robson 


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