Manchester news More offices, retail and leisure space planned in new phase of £800m NOMA scheme Manchester united news
MetiNews.Com - More than 5,000 jobs have been created by the scheme in just over a decade
Breaking News ! New offices, retail and leisure space and a hotel are being considered in the latest phase of the £800m NOMA development in Manchester city centre. The 20-acre mixed-use neighbourhood has already delivered around 563,000 sq ft of new offices - including Amazon’s first headquarters outside of London - while work on a skyscraper with 458 luxury apartments is ongoing. A total of 5,300 jobs have also been created to date - just over a third of the original 15,000 jobs target planned when the project began just over a decade ago. Manchester councillors are now being asked to approve an updated masterplan for the scheme to meet ‘increased demand’ for office space in the city centre. The updated strategic regeneration framework (SRF) proposes to build 620,000 sq ft of new offices on three separate plots surrounding Angel Square. Co-op HQ at One Angel Square (Image: Manchester Evening News) Two buildings containing offices and retail space would be built on a single site, while the 10-storey tower planned next door could hold commercial, retail and leisure uses. A report going before Manchester council’s executive on Friday says: “Given the prominence of the site, it could alternatively accommodate a hotel. “The most viable use for the site will be further explored, to allow this prominent site to make the maximum contribution to the area overall.” Earlier versions of the SRF had considered building a multi-storey car park on the final plot but this has been abandoned due to Manchester’s commitment to become zero carbon by 2038.
. "This reflects a shift towards less reliance on motor vehicles and the increasing importance of climate change, reinforced by the council’s declaration of a climate change emergency," says the report. "Emphasis on smarter and more sustainable travel choices is, therefore, reducing the need for extensive car parking provision Several historic buildings within NOMA, such as the Redfern and Dantzic buildings, have already been refurbished to deliver new workspaces in the area.
The historic 97 Shudehill building (right) would be renoved under the revised NOMA masterplan
Similar plans are now proposed for 97 Shudehill, a red-brick building which currently houses a parade of shops opposite the Crowne Plaza hotel. The report says: “Its unique character provides the opportunity to extend the historic context toward the eastern edge of NOMA and integrate it with the Northern Quarter.
“Redevelopment of this building will form a better connection with the wider regeneration area.” Changes in ownership of NOMA are also detailed within the report, with Federated Hermes now taking full control of delivering the site. Hermes had originally signed onto the joint venture alongside The Co-Operative Group before acquiring the company’s 50 per cent stake in 2018.
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