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(Thursday 15 June 2017)

Introducing a new series of wellbeing activities at NOMA, designed to bring balance and energy to your working week!

These new bootcamp and yoga sessions are sure to help contribute to healthy lifestyles, whilst giving you the opportunity to explore both Sadler’s Yard and new design studio PLANT in a different way to usual…


Tuesdays and Thursday at 7.15


Wednesdays at 7.30am


We’re offering a number of free places for the first sessions, so be sure to sign up quickly and snap up this deal!


Wellbeing Flyer JPEG


(Friday 9 June 2017)

Come down to Sadler’s Yard this June for the closing of Manchester Beer Week for the PIcrow’s Summer Beer Thing, a three-day Summer celebration of the best beers that the North has to offer.

Makers of Indy Man Beer Con, Port Street Beer House, Cloudwater and The Pilcrow combine to deliver an exciting new outdoor beer festival.  Pilcrow’s Summer Beer Thing will present examples of the very best beer styles from the North West’s (and beyond) bristling brewery scene.  Expect to find SEVENTY beers pouring at any one session with a whopping TWO HUNDRED beers lined up for over the duration (see the brewery list below).

Expect DJs, informal talks and workshops alongside the best beers and food you are likely to enjoy outdoors all Summer. You will find something for everyone through the eleven-hour day-into-night sessions. Should you need to carry on over the finish line, retreat inside to the cosy confines of The Pilcrow where you will find yet more beers pouring until 1am.

Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July 2017, 12:00 – 23:00. Summer Beer Thing is ALIVE!

For tickets please go to


Summer Beer Thing

Manchester Arena attack – business update

(Tuesday 23 May, 11am)

Following the tragic incident last night at Manchester Arena, which is being treated as a terrorist attack, our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

To read the latest statement from Chief Constable Hopkins please click here.

Cordon under review

GMP have informed us that the cordon which extends around the vicinity of Manchester Arena and Victoria Station is currently under review. We will let businesses know when amended or lifted.

Open for business

Manchester remains open for business, however there will be travel disruption. See below.

Official information

For verified updates from Greater Manchester Police, please follow @gmpolice

Anti-Terrorist Hotline

While there is no specific intelligence of any further threats, please be vigilant and if you have any concerns please call in confidence the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321. 

Missing Persons Hotline

There is also an emergency number available for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area last night 0161 856 9400.

Travel updates

Victoria Station will remain closed for the day.

For the latest travel updates via TfGM please click here (PDF), check and follow @officialtfgm

Manchester Evening News Just Giving campaign

The MEN has launched a fundraising campaign for families of the victims of the attack. Please click here for information.


There will be a vigil this evening in Albert Square outside the Town Hall at 6pm.

Coffee for Craig (Rough Sleepers support)

For an update on this evening’s Coffee for Craig services please click here.

Offers of support and assistance in the city centre

If businesses would like to offer space, refreshments or other support, please email us at

GMP Business Briefing at CityCo offices

It is likely we will be holding a business briefing at Blackfriars House tomorrow morning at 10am. We will confirm this afternoon.

CityCo Contacts

CityCo Office, Main Line: 0161 838 3250
Alexandra King, CityCo Director: 07917 058 412
Steve Lunn, CityCo Business Crime Unit: 0161 838 267
Emma Cooke, CityCo Operations: 07714 755 334
Phil Schulze, Business Improvement District: 07764 9777 556



We’ll inform members as we receive any updates from GMP.


(29 November 2016)

Join us at Sadler’s Yard on Thursday 1st December to celebrate the launch of the Winter Workshop and Wrapping Exchange with local design collective Makers Dozen!

There’ll be a special preview of upcoming activity, seasonal sounds from Besses Boys Brass Band, and free gingerbread men…

Free entry. Activity starts from 5.30pm at Sadler’s Yard. Visit Eventbrite to confirm your interest.

From Saturday 3rd December you’ll be able to visit the Winter Workshop to create unique gifts and wrap them at the Wrapping Exchange with bespoke paper – a truly creative Christmas experience!

Free entry. Open 3rd – 23rd December, 11am – 7pm, at Sadler’s Yard. Visit Eventbrite to confirm your interest.


(25 November 2016)

We are excited to announce that construction is set to begin on Angel Gardens in the coming weeks.

Once built, Angel Gardens will include over 450 apartments, as well as communal areas such as lounges, roof gardens, shops, restaurants, cafés and bars.

We hope the development will be an attractive addition to the Manchester skyline and will revitalise a currently underused plot in the city.

The landscaping proposals for Angel Gardens form an integral part of the wider NOMA Masterplan which includes Angel Square and Sadler’s Yard, and complements the valued green space at Angel Meadow Park.

The design of the open space aims to maximise the potential of Miller Street and Angel Street as pedestrian spaces by creating a wide corridor with a balance of hard and soft materials.

The development is estimated to be completed in 2019.


(15 November 2016)

This month the public signage in Sadler’s Yard was recognised, picking up the Wayfinding Scheme of the Year award at the British Sign Awards 2016.

This is an established national award and it is a great honour for NOMA to be celebrated there.

Our thanks go to isGroup and local agency United Creatives for their support on the design and production of the signs.

Make sure to keep your eyes out when navigating Sadler’s Yard in the future!


(10 November 2016)

The Pilcrow Pub has been praised by TimeOut this month – see their blog: “City envy: we want a crowd-built pub like Manchester”.

It’s great for the crowd-built pub to get the recognition that it deserves, and it gives us great pleasure to see so many of you enjoying this along with all that Sadler’s Yard has to offer.

In true Pilcrow style, they are happy to give 10% off all drinks to locals. All you need to do is sign up for one of the Pub’s new membership cards.

You can sign up here. The first Pilcrow Pub Quiz is also coming up, and will be held on the 22nd November, starting at 19:30.

If you would like to keep up to date with everything that is going on at Sadler’s Yard and The Pilcrow Pub, you can follow them on Twitter @SadlersYard and @ThePilcrowPub.


(7 November 2016)

This year, Friends of St Michael’s Flags and Angel Meadow Park (FOAM) entered into the RHS Northwest in Bloom awards for the first time, with great success.

Friends of St Michael’s Flags and Angel Meadow Park were awarded a Silver Gilt Level 4 “Thriving” award in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category.

Congratulations go to the team at FOAM for their latest success – going for gold next year!

We hope that Angel Meadow Park will continue to be an area of great enjoyment for years to come.


(10 October 2016)

The ‘Eight Easels’ series at NOMA showcases a series of exciting local artists’ works on our giant, hand-crafted easels in outdoor locations around the neighbourhood.

You may have spotted work from photographer Rob Evans and his ‘Alive with Sports’ exhibition, artist Alistair Woods with a special selection from ‘Common Denominator’ co-hosted with Manchester Victoria, and recently some collated works illustrating The Pilcrow Pub project.

From 10th October, we’re really excited to be hosting a first look at the Manchester Sketchbook, where a host of local sketchers have compiled a beautiful book illustrating the city around us – from buildings and streets, to bus stops and lamp posts.


(1 October 2016)

For the past twelve months, NOMA have worked alongside the team at Oh Ok Ltd to make it happen.

It is one of the newest and most unique projects in Manchester.

Since January, members of the local community have been learning, making and building everything in The Pilcrow from the inside out.

They have been guided by a team of the UK’s top master craftspeople in a series of regular workshops across the city and NOMA.

On 23 September, The Pilcrow, located in Sadler’s Yard, opened its doors to members of the public.

The Pilcrow is a locally run scheme being run by the team at Cloudwater Brewery and there and there will be a lot to look forward to over the coming months!

To read a blog written by the team at The Pilcrow, click here.



(15 September 2016)

Friends of Angel Meadow (FOAM), along with NOMA, presented a series of events over the weekend of the 4th and 5th of June as part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

Based in and around Angel Meadow and Sadler’s Yard, the weekend was a great success and was attended by people from far and wide with both old and new connections to the area.

Events included a number of local history walks and talks, a photography trail and exhibition, a pub quiz and a Supper with the Dead which was broadcast from the park.

The ringing of the church bell for the first time in 86 years was a very special moment.

When St Michael’s church was demolished in 1935, the bell was removed from the bell tower and recast into a new bell for St Gabriel’s church in Prestwich.

We were delighted to have Canon Williams and some of his congregation down to share the moment.

Food, drink and entertainment were provided by GRUB and The Pilcrow Pub team in Sadler’s Yard.

Not Quite Light photographer, Simon Buckley, said: “Angel Meadow was the inspiration for Not Quite Light, and so I was delighted to take the work outdoors, and for people to experience the pictures with the sounds of traffic, the breeze of trees and the songs of birds, just as it was for me when making the images.

“Sometimes art needs to be in the environment in which it was created to make full sense.

“Taking the large, heavy wooden frames over my shoulder to 8 locations caused me to feel like I was partaking in an Easter Passion procession, but it was worth it.

“The area around NOMA is evolving, and it was a privilege to be able to meet so many people and, because of my photographs, talk about Manchester as it was, and as it is going to be.”

With thanks to Aiden O’Rourke, Canon Williams and the congregation of St Gabriel’s church, Dean Kirby, Emma Fox of Manchester Guided Tours, GRUB, Ian Miller of Salford University, John Marsden of MLFHS, Manchester City Council, Manchester Archives, NOMA, The Co-op, The Marble Arch, The Pilcrow Pub, Richard O Smith, Simon Buckley, Simon Ward and all the FOAM and Manchester Histories Festival volunteers who helped make this event happen.


(12 August 2016)

NOMA, a joint venture between the Co-op and Hermes Investment Management, has appointed Russells Construction to refurbish a nine-storey office building in the centre of Manchester.

The contractor will rejuvenate Federation, one of the Co-op estate’s original developments, on Dantzic Street in Manchester city centre.

The NOMA neighbourhood comprises 20 acres of prime real estate between Manchester Victoria, the Northern Quarter and the central retail area.

The 70,000 sq ft building is set to become a business hub providing a creative workspace for emerging businesses.

Ground floor retail and leisure operators will cater for passers-by and the 5,000-strong work-force already working at NOMA.

Refurbishment work has already begun on bringing the early twentieth century structure back into use.

Russells has stripped out much of the internal fittings to create large open floorplates with neutral décor.

NOMA wants to provide future tenants with a blank canvas upon which to stamp their own identity.

New mechanical and electrical services, lifts and bathrooms are also being installed.

Careful attention is being placed on restoring windows, brick and stonework, as well as a stunning internal white glazed brick lightwell. This will allow the building to retain its original character.

Federation is located between Victoria Station and the Northern Quarter on a major pedestrian route between the two.

Its proximity to Manchester’s creative hub and its accessibility via the train and metrolink at Victoria and Shudehill, give the building huge appeal.

It has been part of the Co-operative portfolio since it was built and the Group operated its food sales business from there before staff relocated to the new One Angel Square, the flagship of the NOMA development.

Ben Tolhurst, Asset Manager, Hermes Investment Management, said: “Offering a truly blank canvas and the potential for collaborative working, Federation will cater for the city’s growing army of digital, tech and creative companies who are playing an increasingly influential role in Manchester’s local economy.”

David Pringle, Director of NOMA at The Co-op, said the rejuvenation of Federation House would be a significant moment in the wider NOMA regeneration.”

He said: “With the completion of the Sadler’s Yard public realm, attention turns to the refurbishment of the incredible buildings which surround that space, of which Federation is the first.

“Built more than 100 years ago, it housed a growing collective of pioneers who went on to lead the world in a new style of commerce that put the needs of people first.

“Now part of our city’s proud heritage, the building will once again meet the needs of a new generation of pioneers in digital, technology and creative business.”

Gareth Russell of Russells Construction said: “As with so many of these solid redbrick buildings, the structure remains in good shape and will benefit hugely from the restoration works.

“It will be great to see the building returned to its former glory by the end of the summer.”


(5 August 2016)

Manchester Place and The Co-op have appointed Far East Consortium International Ltd (FEC) to develop key sites close to Victoria Station.

The agreement will deliver more than 600 new homes as part of the NOMA neighbourhood and reinvigorate the historic Angel Meadow park.

Totaling 2.37 acres (0.96 hectares) across four individual sites the new homes will be for both sale and rent and will include a landmark tower.

FEC is a Hong Kong based international property development company which has delivered projects in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore as well as mainland China and Hong Kong.

It recently won planning consent for Alpha Square in London, a scheme that will deliver 700 apartments, a new school and new health hub, hotel and pocket square.

The Angel Meadow agreement was confirmed with a visit to Manchester by FEC managing director Chris Hoong, who met Manchester City Council leader, Sir Richard Leese, Manchester Place chief executive Paul Beardmore and David Pringle, director of NOMA at the Co-op.

The Regeneration Investment Organisation (RIO), part of the Department for International Trade, welcome this high profile investment from FEC, which follows on from early introductions made at MIPIM UK last year.

Mr Hoong, Managing Director at Far East Consortium said: “This is one of the most exciting residential opportunities not just in Manchester but in the UK right now and we are very proud and excited to be working with NOMA and the city council.

“We have assembled a team with the skills to deliver a new neighbourhood of international caliber and we would like this to be the start of a long relationship with the city.

“We have the knowledge and expertise to develop and deliver multi-billion mixed use landmark schemes and we believe Angel Meadow will be another successful addition to our international portfolio.”

David Pringle, director of NOMA at The Co-op, said: “This is a great step forward for the second phase of residential development at NOMA.

“The Angel Meadow sites have the potential to redefine city centre living with the added benefit of being situated around a reinvigorated green park.

“With Moda Living’s Angel Gardens scheme also on site this year, NOMA will be providing an outstanding residential offer that supports our plans already underway to create a truly mixed use neighbourhood.”

NOMA is a key city centre location and the Angel Meadow plots mark the first phase of the Northern Gateway, a sweep of land from Victoria station north taking in New Cross, The Irk Valley and Collyhurst which in total has the potential for a new neighbourhood of 7,000 homes supported by social infrastructure.

It has been identified by Manchester Place as one of the major residential growth areas for the city. Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese welcomed FEC to the city and said: “This is exciting and positive news and we look forward to working with FEC to create new places to live.

“Manchester continues to grow at pace and we need more high quality homes to sustain that growth.

“This is an important site, close to good transport links, that will help unlock the further residential potential of the Irk Valley and wider Northern Gateway.

“I look forward to seeing detailed plans for homes for sale and rent and improved public realm around Angel Meadow itself.”

Paul Beardmore, chief executive of Manchester Place said: “This announcement demonstrates the value of Manchester Place in being able to bring together international investors, the City Council and land owners in the city in order to broker a significant residential investment and we are pleased to see it come to fruition.”


(4 August 2016)

Sadler’s Yard is bringing a FREE full day festival, jam packed with live music from Stealing Sheep, Napoleon and many more plus DJ sets from Dutch Uncles and SMS this Saturday 12 – 10 with various food offerings and beer from Portable Street Beer House.


(2 July 2016)

On Saturday 2nd July, NOMA will host the Pedal Powered Picnic in Sadler’s Yard (12pm-8pm). Featuring street food, craft ale tastings, DJs, live music, craft workshops, art and food stalls and a vintage bicycle market.


(27 May 2016)

On Saturday 4th June, Sadler’s Yard will be filled with nostalgia as GRUB return with a ‘Blast from the Past’. Alongside the usual high standard of local food, drink and music there will be vintage stalls and craft as well as a free historical wine tasting from Reserve Wines.

We’re also lucky enough to have Richard O. Smith join us to perform his comedy show, ‘The Man with His Head in the Clouds’. The show is a light-hearted look at the history of James Sadler, the renowned balloonist and Sadler’s Yard namesake. ‘The Man with His Head in the Clouds’ will be performed twice, once at 12pm and at 3pm. Places are limited so, to book your free ticket, please click here and here for more information.

Saturday 4th June / Sadler’s Yard / 12-8pm / @SadlersYard / @GRUBMcr / @NOMA_Mcr



(4 May 2016)

Say hello to Manchester’s newest food event! This Saturday (7 May 2016) at 12:00. Please see for more information.


(4 February 2016)

Please see for more information.


(2 December 2015)

The first public square to be established in Manchester this century will be officially opened tomorrow (3 December) by Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council.

Sadler’s Yard, the new public space at the heart of NOMA, has been created between the iconic CIS Tower, New Century House and Hanover opposite Victoria Station.

The new realm opens up previously closed-off walkways through the city and is the first new public space to be opened in the centre since Exchange Square was reopened 19 years ago.

Named after, and inspired by James Sadler, a balloonist, chemist and pastry chef who made the first manned balloon flight from Manchester in 1785, it aims to celebrate the spirit of innovation that runs through Manchester’s history.

Sadler’s Yard is also one of the first public spaces in Britain to be named through an online crowd-sourcing initiative after members of the public were invited to suggest names for the site via social media.

The opening kicks off a number of events at Sadler’s Yard, including The Grub Food Fair, which takes place on Saturday 5 December, 12-8pm.

David Pringle, Director of NOMA at The Co-operative Group, said: “Sadler’s Yard is the public heart of the NOMA neighbourhood and will sit at the centre of a range of beautifully restored heritage buildings and newly created office, retail and leisure space.

“It will change the way people move around this part of the city centre – opening up the streets and forming a gateway through NOMA. It will also forge great links for the Northern Gateway regeneration plans taking shape in the Lower Irk Valley, New Cross and Collihurst.

“It’s a new city space with an old city feel, and we hope the people of Manchester enjoy spending time here.”

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “High quality public realm spaces, that are versatile and attractive, and that can bring people and communities together, are crucial in any modern city. As Manchester grew, there was little public space available for residents, and so it is with great celebration that we can now unveil this new square.”

“Sadler’s Yard will be a true refuge in the heart of the city – providing a new walk-way through the city and a backdrop to some of the incredible development and restoration work planned across NOMA’s 20 acre site – and I hope the space becomes a gateway for residents coming from the north of the city.”

Ben Tolhurst, Asset Manager at Hermes Investment Management, said: “With Sadler’s Yard, we’re not just creating premium public realm for the community to enjoy, we’re looking to unlock a new route through the city centre, which can enhance value for locals, business and people coming to live here.”

The new city square is being delivered by NOMA and Manchester City Council and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund. It has been designed by landscape architects Planit-IE, and constructed by The Casey Group.


(18 November 2015)

Manchester City Council’s Planning Committee have approved the latest phase of development at NOMA. The office development will be known as 2 & 3 Angel Square. The latest phase of development will comprise two new Grade A commercial office buildings adjacent to The Co- operative support centre, One Angel Square.

David Pringle, director of NOMA at The Co-operative Group, said: “This is another boost for NOMA and for Manchester. There is a growing need for large floorplate office space which can effectively support the needs of businesses who want to interact and have groups of people together on one floor. We’re excited to be bringing 2 & 3 Angel Square forward and thank the City Council for their ongoing support.”

For more information about the proposals, click here.

Plans Approved for 2 & 3 Angel Square


(14 October 2015)

We are working closely with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and our on-site team to ensure we can gain access to the building as soon and as safely as possible.

Our priority is to ensure the safety of people in the area. As a precaution some roads and transport links have been closed by the local council while contractors, under the supervision of the fire service, make safety checks.


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