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Russells Construction has started work on Federation House as part of the Noma development in Manchester.

Russells Construction has started work to refurbish Federation House as part of the 8 ha Noma development in Manchester.

One of the original developments on the Co-op estate, the 70,000 sq ft building will provide nine storeys of office and ground floor retail and leisure at Dantzic Street.

Refurb work has already started on the early twentieth century structure. Russells has been employed to strip out internal fittings to create large open floorplates, with M&E services, lifts and bathrooms being installed.

The building is located between Victoria Station and the Northern Quarter on a pedestrian route between the two.

Noma is a joint venture between the Co-op and Hermes Investment Management.

Hong Kong-based developer Far East Consortium International was last week confirmed as a developer for sites (see pictures) for the Noma programme in central Manchester.

Ben Tolhurst, asset manager, Hermes Investment Management, said: “Offering a truly blank canvas and the potential for collaborative working, Federation will cater for the city’s growing army of digital, tech and creative companies who are playing an increasingly influential role in Manchester’s local economy.”

David Pringle, director of Noma at The Co-op, said: “With the completion of the Sadler’s Yard public realm, attention turns to the refurbishment of the incredible buildings which surround that space, of which Federation is the first.

“Built more than 100 years ago, it housed a growing collective of pioneers who went on to lead the world in a new style of commerce that put the needs of people first. Now part of our city’s proud heritage, the building will once again meet the needs of a new generation of pioneers in digital, technology and creative business.

Gareth Russell of Russells Construction said: “As with so many of these solid redbrick buildings, the structure remains in good shape and will benefit hugely from the restoration works. It will be great to see the building returned to its former glory by the end of the summer.”

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