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Noma: What's coming next at Manchester's £800m scheme

Manchester’s Noma scheme is shaping up to be one of the North-west’s most high-profile commercial and residential developments. After the Far East Consortium revealed designs this week for a £200m residential scheme within it, Construction News takes a look at who’s building what on the £800m project.

Noma is headed up by the Co-operative Group, in a joint venture with investors Hermes Investment Management, after a partnership agreement was signed in 2014.

The 8 ha masterplan is being delivered over several phases, with some major works already delivered and others yet to get under way.

So who’s going to be building what on the mega-project, and what’s coming next?

Angel Gardens_Carillion_Moda Living_Manchester

Angel Gardens_Carillion_Moda Living_Manchester

Angel Gardens

One of the largest projects on the scheme to get the green light this year was Angel Gardens, a 34-storey, 466-apartment private rented scheme.

The £153m project, which is being developed by investors Apache Capital Partners and Moda Living, secured a £85m financing package in January, with Carillion on board to build it.

The 520,000 sq ft scheme will include 20,000 sq ft of mixed-use space, with completion expected over two phases in 2019 and 2020.

Moda and Apache Capital Partners will retain ownership and operation of the building when it completes.

Hanover House_NOMA_Manchester_Russells Construction

Hanover House_Noma_Manchester_Russells Construction

The Hanover Building and Federation House

Manchester-based contractor Russells bagged a deal to refurbish the Grade-II listed Hanover building (pictured) earlier this year, which sits on the corner of Corporation Street near Manchester Victoria station.

Wates was previously working on the project before work was disrupted by a major fire in October 2015, and Russells picked up the job in February this year.

Russells will now remodel the existing building to provide 91,000 sq ft of Grade A office space and 18,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space in a £34m deal.

The contractor has also completed the refurbishment the neighbouring Federation House this year, which includes 70,000 sq ft of office space across nine floors.

FEC Angel Meadow Manchester 1

FEC Angel Meadow Manchester 1

Angel Meadow

Hong Kong-based developer Far East Consortium this week revealed the first designs for its £200m Angel Meadow project, which will provide more than 750 apartments alongside retail and leisure space.

FEC was selected as developer for the scheme in August last year.

The designs include three major towers, one at 41 storeys alongside two of 22 and 17 storeys respectively, as well as a smaller building, which ranges between nine and 12 storeys in height.

The buildings, designed by 5plus Architects, are currently at the consultation stage, with public consultation open until 7 April 2017.

Following consultation, a full planning application is expected to be lodged later the same month, with the first phase of the project anticipated to complete in 2019.

Noma angel square copy

Noma angel square copy

2 & 3 Angel Square

Planning permission was granted for both 2 & 3 Angel Square in November 2015. These office developments will sit opposite 1 Angel Square, which was completed by Bam in 2013.

The larger of the two buildings, 3 Angel Square, will provide 260,000 sq ft of office space with public realm fronting the square, while 2 Angel Square is slightly smaller, offering 145,000 sq ft of office space.

AHR is the architect for both schemes, with plans set to be advanced for both in 2018.

A contractor is yet to be appointed.

Future plans

The Noma scheme includes plans for a number of existing buildings to be refurbished or demolished.

The 197,000 sq ft New Century House, opposite 1 Angel Square, is currently not in use, with the developers considering long-term plans for the building.

The dutch modernist Redfern building is also due to be refurbished to provided office, retail and leisure space, with plans expected to be brought forward in 2018.

There are also three plots adjacent to Angel Meadows, dubbed Plot S, Plot T I and Plot T II. All three will feature smaller residential developments, with Plot S providing 48 units, while Plots T I and T II will provide 98 units.

All three are part of the later phase of the project, with progress expected in 2020.

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