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NOMA gains approval for next phase of Central Manchester scheme

NOMA has received planning consent for two office developments in Manchester’s city centre as part of one of the UK’s most significant urban regeneration projects.

The two buildings at 2 and 3 Angel Square will collectively provide over 350,000 sq. ft. of premium office space, over nine and 11 storeys. They will both feature spacious atriums although developers will be looking to maximise flexibility so that they can be personalised for occupiers.

NOMA is a mixed-use neighbourhood jointly developed by The Co-operative Group and Hermes Investment Management. Alongside these two new buildings will be an array of restored listed buildings which form the heart of one of Europe’s largest and most significant heritage-based regeneration schemes.

The site – which is opposite Victoria Station in the centre of Manchester – was the home of the world’s first ever steam-powered mill. The scheme is now being pitched at modern day innovators – with plans to bring in a tech hub and create a vibrant new destination for business.

The two newly consented buildings have been designed by AHR architects.

They are likely to attract major corporates keen to relocate to one of the country’s best connected city centre locations. Future occupants will benefit from the £44 million revamp of Victoria Station, which neighbours the site, the Metrolink second city crossing, as well as the proposed Ordsall Chord rail link.

The NOMA JV partners believe Manchester’s office market is looking especially attractive in the light of soaring rents across London and unaffordable housing costs making it harder to recruit and retain staff.

Today’s announcement comes three weeks ahead of the official opening of Sadler’s Yard, Manchester’s newest public square, which NOMA will unveil on 3 December.

David Pringle, director of NOMA at The Co-operative Group, said: “This is another boost for NOMA and for Manchester. There is a growing need for large floorplate office space which can effectively support the needs of businesses who want to interact and have groups of people together on one floor. We’re excited to be bringing 2 and 3 Angel Square forward and thank the City Council for their ongoing support.”

Ben Tolhurst, Asset Manager at Hermes Investment Management, commented: “Our overriding focus for NOMA is creating a great place that attracts like-minded businesses, enhances the public realm and harvests ambition and ideas.”

Dominic Manfredi, director of the Manchester office at AHR Architects, said: “This is a once in a generation project to revitalise a major part of a city centre. With quality, long term regeneration such as NOMA we believe Manchester’s position as an emerging global city can only continue to grow.”

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