Manchester approves 2 and 3 Angel Square

2&3 Angel Square will be opposite the Co-op HQ (seen on the left of this CG image), built as 1 Angel Square a decade ago
2&3 Angel Square will be opposite the Co-op HQ (seen on the left of this CG image), built as 1 Angel Square a decade ago

The new buildings at 2 and 3 Angel Square will between them offer 440,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects to set “a new benchmark for sustainability, wellbeing, smart connectivity and flexible use of amenity spaces”.

Standing 14 stories tall, 2 Angel Square will have 197,926 square feet of office space and another 17,200 square feet of potential retail space on the top floor.

3 Angel Square will be 13 stories, with 241,531 square feet of office space and 22,690 square feet of retail space.

These buildings will complement the landmark 1 Angel Square, completed by Bam in 2013, and 4 Angel Square, now under construction by Bowmer & Kirkland and due for completion in early 2023, at the center of NOMA’s eight-hectare development zone MEPC programmer.

Construction will begin once Bowmer & Kirkland is finished at 4 Angel Square and is expected to employ approximately 400 construction workers during construction.

The facade of the buildings will be in line with the heritage buildings on the NOMA estate and will use glazed, angled terracotta tiles that reflect different colors at different times of the day.

Using the east-west level change to its advantage, the design team has effectively ‘buried’ amenities such as bicycle storage, waste facilities and car parking at the bottom of the site.

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NOMA’s total development is valued at £800 million.

MEPC development director Dan Hyde said: “This is a fantastic step forward for NOMA and a huge vote of confidence in our vision for a people-centred city center neighborhood that celebrates Manchester’s rich heritage while embracing the innovation and sustainability.

“There is a real need for high-quality office space in central Manchester, but it is important that these spaces provide sustainable working environments and green spaces in order to attract and retain the next generation of residents – which is exactly what these buildings and the surrounding NOMA area are estate provides.

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

Peter Cartwright, founding director of Cartwright Pickard, said: “This proposal was driven from the outset by the context and ambition to create the next generation in sustainable office development. Through thorough analysis and regular dialogue with Manchester City Council, we believe that 2 and 3 Angel Square will be positive additions to the area, working harmoniously with the historic fabric of the NOMA heritage area, but also as a striking, contemporary intervention within NOMA Master plan. We are delighted that the scheme has been granted planning permission and we are looking forward to getting up and building these buildings.”

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