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Responding to increasing local demand for Grade A office space, our client came to us for designs for a speculative office development with clear span, column free floorplates between 1,500-1,850 sq m.

Our proposals provide circa 22,000 sq m of speculative office space within an 11 storey, BREEAM Outstanding building of the highest quality, with office floorplates ranging from circa 1,800 sq m. The development also comprises a hotel lobby style reception with space for flexible working and an external terrace at level 10. Two retail spaces activate the ground floor, encouraging pedestrians to enter and engage with the NOMA neighbourhood, with one opening into the office reception area during the day. A double height pedestrianised colonnade, aligned with the forthcoming new public route through New Century Hall from Sadler’s yard, connects the building to the existing NOMA listed estate and terminates in a new public square linked to Angel Square.

To maximise the extent of clear span office floor space, the core is centrally located, allowing for easier space planning and greater penetration of sunlight. The building form is split into two blocks with the upper floorplates shifting around a central pivot point on the north and south elevations. The upper block responds to city views towards Victoria Station with a cantilever at 7th floor, while the lower block announces arrival from Sadler’s Yard and Dantzic Street.

The colour of the building takes reference from the nearby context of Sadler’s Yard which exhibits various grey, green and blue hues, again reinforcing its connection to the surrounding NOMA listed estate.

Project information

  • Client

    NOMA (GP) Ltd

  • Status


  • Area

    25,979 sqm GIA

  • Start


  • Completion


  • Consultants

    Project Manager: Gardiner &Theobald
    Landscape Architect: Planit-IE
    Cost Consultant: Gardiner & Theobald
    Structural, Civil & Services Engineer: Buro Happold
    Heritage Consultant: Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture
    BREEAM Consultant: Mainer Associates

  • Elements

    Grade A office accommodation: circa 22,000 sq m NIA
    Roof terrace: 204 sq m
    Retail units: 322 sq m & 358 sq m
    Designed to BREEAM Outstanding & EPC A ratings
    5* NABERS rating

  • Awards

    2024 North West Property Awards Commercial Development of the Year - Shortlisted
    2023 Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Building of the Year Award - Shortlisted
    2023 Building Innovation Awards Most Sustainable Construction Project - Shortlisted