NOMA (Manchester)

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NOMA Manchester CGI overview.jpg
A render of the NOMA site upon completion.
NOMA is located in Greater Manchester
Location within Greater Manchester
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• London 163 miles (263 km) SE
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Dialling code 0161
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Greater Manchester
53°29′15″N 2°14′13″W / 53.4874°N 2.2369°W / 53.4874; -2.2369Coordinates: 53°29′15″N 2°14′13″W / 53.4874°N 2.2369°W / 53.4874; -2.2369

NOMA is an £800 million, 20-acre (8-hectare) mixed-use redevelopment scheme in Manchester. It is the largest development project in North West England ahead of developments such as MediaCityUK and Atlantic Gateway and overall is the largest development in the UK outside South East England.[1]

NOMA focuses on revitalising and opening the northern area of Manchester city centre which has not undergone the redevelopment seen in other central areas of the city. The Co-operative Group, the company backing the scheme, have been based in the Manchester area since their inception in 1843 and hope the development will attract more companies to invest in Manchester as they have done and continue to do. The development involves the creation of 4 million square feet (400,000 square metres) of office, residential, retail, leisure and hotel space.

At the heart of the project is the £100 million[2] One Angel Square building, which has been compared to a "sliced egg" due to its distinctive shape and stands at 72 metres (236 feet); it opened in 2013. In April 2014, a joint venture contract was agreed between The Co-operative and Hermes Real Estate to allow the delivery of new phases.

Redevelopment of Hanover Building as a low-cost office space and reconstruction of City Buildings (which is currently in scaffolding) into a hotel are expected to commence in 2015. Future developments include a 106 m (348 ft) residential tower, Angel Gardens, and a further office building, 3 Angel Square.


NOMA CGI proposal.


It was announced in March 2011 that the development would be referred to as NOMA, formed from a convergence of its global geographical location at 53° (used in its logo) North, and its local city location Manchester. Inspiration for the branding was taken from SOMA (South of Market) in San Francisco[3] which has been redeveloped in the last three decades.


NOMA is situated in Manchester City Centre on a 20 acres (8.1 ha) site. NOMA will solidify The Co-operative Group's presence in the city.[4] Objections have been raised over the relocation of the inner ring road which passes Angel Meadow.[5]


One Angel Square

One Angel Square at night. Completed in March 2013.

One Angel Square was the first phase of the NOMA redevelopment scheme and the new support centre for Co-operative Group employees. Construction work began in July 2010, involving 4,000 workers from 90 different companies.[6] One Angel Square is rated 'outstanding' by BREEAM and achieved a score of 92.25. When the building was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in November 2013, One Angel Square was 'the most sustainable building in the world' [7]

Hanover Building

Hanover Building on Corporation Street was built between 1905 and 1909 and is a Grade II listed building. NOMA plans to renovate it to provide upgraded office and retail space. Its stone and brick façade will receive an extensive makeover to show architectural details in greater detail.

New public square

Construction began on a new public square and event space in January 2014. A 1960s building, Redfern Annexe, was demolished to create the new city centre square, which was named Sadler's Yard.

City Buildings and Hotel Indigo

The 14 storey Hotel Indigo building on Corporation Street.

The Hotel Indigo will be built at a cost of £26 million between the junction of the Victoria tram approach and Todd Street off Corporation Street. It will be 14 storeys high and circular in shape.[8] The new hotel will incorporate the adjacent Grade II listed City Buildings.

New Century House

New Century House is a grade II listed building on the corner of Corporation Street and Miller Street. After Co-operative Group employees migrated to One Angel Square in 2013, office and kitchen space has been available to small-medium-sized businesses to rent. New Century House will be renovated but will remain as office space. New Century Hall, the grade II listed conference hall attached to New Century House was a music venue that hosted acts such as Jimi Hendrix and Tina Turner in the 1960s and 1970s. New Century Hall has reopened for public use and will be renovated in 2014.

Federation House

Federation House is the only ex-Co-operative building that is not listed. It was temporarily used by Castlefield Gallery but is now being refit as a space particularly suited to innovative, digital businesses.

Three Angel Square

Announced in March 2014, the concept building will have nine storeys totalling nearly 200,000 sq ft of flexible Grade A office space aimed at small to medium companies. It is anticipated that the building will be open by 2018.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "'Tough times' for building sector, say industry experts". BBC. 27 January 2011.
  2. ^ "The Co-operative head office has immediate impact on Manchester". The Co-operative. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-23.
  3. ^ "NOMA… eh… where?". Manchester Confidential. 10 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Wind delays 'I Love MCR' banner on CIS Tower in Manchester". BBC News. 25 August 2011. We have been here for almost 150 years and we intend to be here for the next 150.
  5. ^ "NOMA? No way: 120 object to Manchester inner ring road plans". Manchester Evening News. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  6. ^ "Work starts at £100m Co-op HQ". Manchester Evening News. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  7. ^ "The Queen in Manchester to open Co-op 'green' headquarters". BBC News. 14 November 2013.
  8. ^ Binns, Simon (22 December 2011). "Go-ahead Expected for £26m NOMA Hotel". Manchester Confidential. Archived from the original on 12 June 2012. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  9. ^ "3 Angel Square" (PDF). The Co-operative Group. Retrieved 2014-03-13.

External links

  • NOMA official website
  • NOMA brochure - Co-operative Group
  • Manchester City Council's Regeneration Team
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