NOMA Set to Welcome a ‘Next Generation’ Workspace with Rooftop Restaurant

Manchester City Council has granted planning permission for two pioneering office buildings at the heart of the NOMA community.

By Emma Davidson | 28 September 2022

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Set to provide a new benchmark for sustainability, wellbeing, smart connectivity and flexible use of amenity spaces, the new buildings, 2 and 3 Angel Square, will jointly deliver around 440,000 sq ft of Grade A office space to NOMA.

Designed by architects Cartwright Pickard to connect with the public realm around the area, and to encourage collaboration and interaction, the new buildings will be net zero carbon operational energy, targeting BREEAM Outstanding and a five star NABERS rating.

As well as this, other design features for the new space include; a potential rooftop restaurant, stunning garden terraces including a water feature, a piano terrace overlooking Angel Square and lower and upper ground floor commercial retail uses.

Dan Hyde, Development Director at real estate asset manager and developer MEPC, which is delivering the NOMA masterplan, said: “This is a fantastic step forward for NOMA and a huge vote of confidence in our vision for a people-focused city centre neighbourhood which celebrates Manchester’s rich heritage while embracing innovation and sustainability.

“There is a real need for high quality office spaces in central Manchester, but it’s key that these spaces provide sustainable working environments and green areas in order to attract and retain the next generation of occupiers – this is exactly what these buildings and the surrounding NOMA estate provides.

“We are now ready to move forward with our ambitious plans to provide sector-leading sustainability credentials in Grade A office space that’s truly environmentally friendly for today and tomorrow.”

Standing 14 storeys in height, 2 Angel Square will deliver 197,926 sq ft of office space and a further 17,200 sq ft of potential commercial space on the top floor. 3 Angel Square will be 13 storeys, delivering 241,531 sq ft of Grade A office space and 22,690 sq ft of commercial space.

2 and 3 Angel Square will complement the landmark 1 Angel Square, and 4 Angel Square, which is due to be completed in early 2023 and is Manchester city centre’s most sustainable and smart enabled speculative development.

The façade of the buildings will be in keeping with the heritage buildings in the NOMA estate, and use glazed, angled terracotta panels, which will reflect different colours as the sunlight reflects on them at different times of the day.

Wellbeing is also at the heart of the design, with excellent levels of natural light and access to outdoor space for office workers. More than 250 cycle spaces are planned across the two buildings, as well as facilities to encourage active travel.

It is predicted that the development of 2 and 3 Angel Square will create 4,400 new jobs once complete and employ around 400 construction workers whilst on site. Work is due to start following completion of 4 Angel Square.