Artisan coffee shop signed up for Angel Gardens development

Moda Living, an owner and operator of private rented housing, has pre-let a leading independent Manchester coffee house as the second commercial tenant at its flagship Angel Gardens development.

The mixed-use scheme will open in October this year and includes 466 apartments for rent, 30,000 sq ft of amenity and 20,000 sq ft of commercial space.

Moda’s long-term ownership structure means there is a focus on artisan brands to help create destinations.

Created by professional rugby league stars Mark Flanagan and Jon Wilkin, who play for Salford Red Devil’s and Toronto Wolfpack respectively, Pot Kettle Black (PKB) is a Manchester-based artisan coffee brand famous for its cocktail menu and all-day brunch.

Angel Gardens will be PKB’s third store, taking around 3,000 sq ft of space on a 10-year lease.

PKB first opened in 2014 at Barton Arcade, a second store opened on the ground floor of No 1 Spinningfields last year, and a fourth is set to open at Manchester Airport in 2020.

Aiming to team up across the whole Moda portfolio, PKB will offer food and beverage services to residents at Angel Gardens from coffee pop-ups to Sunday morning brunch.

With a focus on health and wellbeing, Moda has also already secured hero Wellbeing, a ‘digital wellness’ start-up launched by the former managing director of WeWork, as another commercial tenant, taking 10,000 sq ft to create the company’s first ‘training club’, offering group and personal training including HiiT, yoga, pilates, group cycle, boxing and strength and conditioning classes.

Hero also works with more than 50 national and international sports teams, including sporting national governing bodies, Premier League football teams and professional rugby teams to provide recipes, meal plans, physical programming and nutrition services – all of which Moda residents can benefit from.

As part of Moda’s wider wellbeing strategy, Moda, hero and PKB will be hosting a series of health and wellness events throughout the year, covering everything from yoga and brunch on the roof terrace to baking classes and nutrition demos in Moda’s private dining room.

Angel Gardens is a 35-storey development in the heart of NOMA, just a few minutes from Manchester Victoria Station and home to Amazon’s recently announced HQ – the first in the UK outside of London.

Residents who rent at Angel Gardens will benefit from an estimated £700 a month’s worth of extra services and on-site amenities, including a 24-hour gym, shared lounges, flexible workspace and dining area.

A mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bed apartments will be available to rent, with flexible tenancies of up to three years on offer.

To make sharing easier all the rooms are equal sized and unlike in many other rental properties pets are welcome. Moda also has a zero deposit and zero fees policy, helping renters save money.

Johnny Caddick, managing director at Moda Living, said: “With a shared focus on health and wellbeing and a commitment to quality and service, PKB are a great fit for us.

“With their events, coffee, cocktail and all-day brunch menus, they have quickly established themselves as a Manchester institution.

“Our partnership approach means we’re able to work collaboratively with PKB and hero to create a truly unique community at Angel Gardens and across our wider portfolio.

“It also helps to underline Moda’s commitment to support local, independent businesses.”

Mark Flanagan, co-founder at PKB, said: “We have long held aspirations to open another site in the city.

“With Noma bordering home of the independents, the Northern Quarter, and food and drink hot spot of the moment, Ancoats, Moda Angel Gardens has become the most sought after new address in the city.

“With their best in class facilities, community focus and passion for health and wellbeing we knew Moda Angel Gardens was the perfect spot for Pot Kettle Black.”