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A City Changes: Lovely Fly-Through Video

The Coop's plans for the northern city centre - Noma - revealed

Written by . Published on September 9th 2011.

A City Changes: Lovely Fly-Through Video

HERE are some lovely visualisations of NOMA - the Cooperative Group's grand £800m scheme around Corporation and Miller Streets.

The 15-year plan aims to renovate a 20-acre area with offices, hotels, cafes, independent shops and green spaces.

Four million sq ft of office space will be created. The frame of the new head office for the Coop is already rising tall from the site at present and will be due for completion in September 2012. 

The landscaping and public areas are an interesting feature and will make Manchester a far more attractive place to stroll. The planting and landscaping at MediaCityUK have set the standard, let's hope the Cooperative Group can emulate them. 

Benchmark landscaping set at MediaCityUK             Landscaping benchmark set at MediaCityUK

Manchester is very fortunate in these cash-strapped days to have the Coop committed to the city centre and prepared to provide a development of this scale.

At Confidential the only thing we' not sure about is the branding of the place as NOMA - North Manchester - and don't think it will be readily adopted by Mancs. Maybe the Coop should have stuck with the old name Angel Meadow. 

As reported earlier this year a Marco Pierre White branded hotel will move into the old City Buildings and an accompanying tower next to Victoria Station - click here









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21 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

GGGTomsSeptember 9th 2011.

Very very impressive. That's it's really happening and isn't merely conceptual makes it even better. Manchester is lucky as you say.

Robert KnightSeptember 9th 2011.

where's the ring road gone outside the existing CIS Tower? Wonder what they'll do with the tower - iconic Manchester building

Jordan McDowellSeptember 9th 2011.

Looks like a sci-fi film!

AnonymousSeptember 9th 2011.

Coming soon - Spinningfields 2: Son of Spinningfields

Sincerely appreciate the ambition and the vision, and the public spaces do indeed look lovely but 2 genuine questions:

1) Is the city centre *really* short of hotels?

2) I don't see any mention of residential use - won't it end up a ghost-town outside office hours?

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ShuttySeptember 9th 2011.

1)The city centre hotels are boasting very healthy occupancy figures and if somebody wants to build another that's no bad thing IMO.
2)There are plenty of apartments around Angel Meadows, plus the Green Quarter next door.

This sight is very much city centre perhaps more so than Spinningfields and over time will link with The Northern Quarter and a developing Ancoats area. I feel certain that it will be a success, given the interest that the Co-op has and has had in this area and the prime location and love that these great old c.1900 warehouses will be brought in to a more present day, tangible use.

Duke FameSeptember 11th 2011.

If it's only private investment going into the development then that's a good sign their is faith in the economy improving.

I have my doubts as there is so much empty office space in Manc

Alex RobertsSeptember 9th 2011.

I hope it all involves a refurbishment of Victoria station, the facade is superb and deserves to be part of a better building.

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ShuttySeptember 9th 2011.

Victoria Station has money set aside for refurbishment. Coming soon (at last), c.2014

Duke FameSeptember 11th 2011.

The coalition govt announced big money into Vic station. You may have missed it as the Left's media seem to like to dwell on some irrelevant non-jobs going as part of the budget cuts.

JoanSeptember 12th 2011.

An announcement from March 2010: “Network Rail has announced a £30m package of work to make Manchester’s Victoria station fit for the 21st century. The work is being jointly funded by Network Rail, Manchester City Council/NWDA and GMITA, working alongside Northern Rail who manage the station. It will include a new roof, a better, brighter and more open concourse and improved facilities for passengers.”

This was part of a £50m project to upgrade the ten worst stations in England. By the way March 2010 was a little while before we had the Coalition government.

The redevelopment was then under threat as the ConDems scrapped this project from the Department for Transport's budget before announcing a new Victoria Station programme to a big fanfare. According to ManCon the budget is now £5m short of the previous one. This fact had less of a fanfare.

You see what they did there?

Duke FameSeptember 12th 2011.

Yes, they have saved £5m of taxpayer's money!

JoanSeptember 19th 2011.

Saving money and cutting spending are not identical. It depends on what is achieved. I remember the last time when windows were nearly falling out of my school building, until a change of government allowed taxpayer's money to be spent on maintenance and updating. We'll see. However, clearly this project is not a brand new one.

AnonymousSeptember 11th 2011.

I am really excited by this whole development but I agree with ManCon - should've called it Angel Meadow!

AnonymousSeptember 12th 2011.

Still think it's pretty sad that the plans include demolishing the buildings across from the Crown Plaza.

Calum McGSeptember 12th 2011.

Looks awesome!

James SpencerSeptember 12th 2011.

Given that within 200 meters of me there are four abandoned sites and another one to come, why should we believe any of this apart from the new Co-op Headquarters.

And what of the Odeon building and Elizabeth House.... and even the hole on the East side of Piccadilly.

There are more .... and more

Do tell us Duke Fame when are your friends going to do anything about these.

Don't they love Manchester?

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AnonymousSeptember 18th 2011.

The redevelopment of Elizabeth House into 1 St Peter's Square. IS proceeding. Nuovo, the stalled development on Great Ancoats street has re-started. Demand for office space IS growing. You should make sure you know what you're talking about before going on a rant.

ktfairySeptember 13th 2011.

Co-op may be spending a lot of money, but new jobs are not being created (apert from construction jobs) and local residents were lied to in the consultation process as now the ring road will pass close by to residential properties - when there was a promise this would not happen. ManCon - I think you need to dig a little deeper on this before welcoming it with open arms. I am all for improving the area - but do not think Co-op have been upfront on their plans until it is almost too late to stop them. What was a quiet peaceful part of city centre living will now be next to a noisy ring road and the Co-op are doing nothing to consult with residents and take their concerns into account. Noise recordings by which compensation levels can be set were taken by the existing ring road (not the new site for it) and other matters in their environmental report are suspect.

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AnonymousSeptember 18th 2011.

Nope, WRONG. The suggested plan when the proposal for the development first came out clearly showed that they proposed widening Angel Street. I know this because I went to the Co-ops public info evenings over 2 years ago. Can't blame the Co-op if you don't bother looking into things properly.

Joe LovanoSeptember 18th 2011.

Call me pedantic but... are the 'public' spaces really privately owned 'permissive' spaces and, if so, where will we be allowed to start the Revolution?

peter looSeptember 19th 2011.

there is none. even the triangle is too small for the occasional world cup footy riot, remember?

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