Next phase of Manchester’s NOMA district out for consultation

The updated regeneration plan for the city’s NOMA neighbourhood will be tested through consultation a decade on from the original framework being agreed.

The 20 acre area – north of the city centre, close to Victoria Station and the Shudehill interchange – is a key regeneration priority for Manchester, representing an important gateway to the city centre.

Over the last 10 years, NOMA has already seen £150m of investment, which has delivered 563,000sq ft of office space, 7,500 sq ft of leisure space, 5,300 news jobs, 458 homes to rent, and a new public square in Sadler’s Yard.

NOMA has already attracted a cluster of tech and digital business, with the area becoming known for innovation.

The ambition for the next 15-20 years would be to continue to deliver a commercially-led, mixed used destination – with the potential to accommodate 15,000 jobs and £25m GVA for the city.

The updated Strategic Regeneration Framework will look to build on opportunities to improve the connections to adjacent areas, including the Green Quarter, New Cross and Ancoats – as well as the emerging neighbourhoods of the Northern Gateway and links to Victoria Station.

Key principles for further development will remain:

  • Job creation – Attracting new business and employment, along with spaces for new enterprises.
  • Place Making – To create a vibrant destination with a mix of interesting public spaces.
  • Support Communities – at the core of the NOMA development £1.28m of community and educational projects, and £4.5m of social value schemes including volunteering, training, apprenticeships and health initiatives have already been delivered.
  • Sustainability – A key objective and ambition of the design of NOMA buildings, including the sympathetic reuse of the area’s heritage properties. The framework is keenly linked to the city’s zero carbon ambition by 2038.

The NOMA consultation will remain open until 29 September 2020 – take part here

Cllr Nigel Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The updated plan for NOMA is to build on the success of the area and meet the potential of a key gateway site into the city centre – which has excellent transport links via Victoria Station and the Shudehill interchange.

“The neighbourhood has already brought about some incredibly exciting, sustainable architecture in No1 Angel Square, as well as bringing back into use some important heritage buildings.

“The challenge will be to emulate that success and drive the ambition for future investment to create new commercial space, new homes and continue the goal of excellent place making – and at a crucial time for the city’s economic recovery following Covid-19.”