NOMA has started work to transform a former warehouse and office block into a mixed-use scheme with Grade A workspace.
The Manchester Grade II-listed Dutch Modernist building Redfern will feature more than 50,000 sq ft of modern office space alongside 7,600 sq ft of retail and leisure space across three ground floor units.
Russells Construction is leading the work on the project, which is progressing just a month after planning permission for the redevelopment was secured.
Architect Sheppard Robson is behind the design of the new-look Redfern, which will see the building’s redbrick façade maintained.
Internally, industrial-style fittings including exposed air ducts and suspended lighting will aim to help the building appeal to tech and creative tenants while a new rooftop terrace will provide a space to relax and socialise.
The retail and leisure units will open up onto the Sadler’s Yard public square.
The redevelopment follows NOMA’s transformation of other listed buildings including Hanover, which was completed during late 2018 in preparation to welcome e-commerce giant Amazon, and Dantzic which is on track to be finished this spring.
Stephen Bradley, senior asset manager at Hermes Investment Management which is the investment manager of NOMA, says: “Starting on-site at Redfern just a month after getting planning permission signals our seriousness in pushing ahead with progress at NOMA, building on the momentum behind the neighbourhood.
“Danztic, another listed building, will be completing this spring, bringing forward yet more quality office space for Manchester and we will shortly be outlining our plans for new build offices as well.”
Paul Pavia, head of development at MEPC, which is acting as NOMA’s development manager, adds: “With our plans for new office buildings at NOMA gathering pace it is great news that the commitment to invest further in the listed estate is ensuring that when the first new buildings are delivered they will be complementing a listed estate already home to a thriving business community.”