NOMA completes transformation with Redfern redevelopment

Redfern in NOMA

NOMA, the 20-acre mixed-use neighbourhood in Manchester city centre, has achieved another milestone following practical competition at Redfern.

The Grade II-listed former warehouse and office block has been transformed into contemporary workspace.

Nearly 25,000 sq ft of Grade A modern office space is now available to lease at Redfern as well as 8,500 sq ft of mixed retail and leisure space, which is spread across three ground and lower ground units.

Office occupiers will also have access to a new roof terrace offering views across Manchester.

Redfern is the latest listed building in NOMA to be redeveloped into modern office space.

Building works at Hanover, where global e-commerce giant Amazon has opened its first UK headquarters outside of London, completed in October 2018, while practical completion at nearby Dantzic was achieved in Spring last year.

The lower ground-floor retail and leisure units at Redfern will open up onto Sadler’s Yard, Manchester’s newest public square and home to The Pilcrow, a craft beer pub hand-built by the local community, which is currently closed but will reopen in line with government advice.

Manchester-based contractor, Russells Construction, which also worked on Dantzic and Hanover, led the construction work at Redfern, adhering to government guidelines on social distancing in the final stages.

Redfern’s redevelopment was designed by award-winning architects Sheppard Robson.

The building’s famous buff and blue brick façade, a hallmark of Dutch Modernist architecture, has been maintained and the original period window fittings were also restored in line with NOMA’s commitment to preserving local heritage.

Internally, industrial-chic features such as exposed air ducts and suspended lighting will help appeal to tech workers and creatives who increasingly power Manchester’s economy.

Typical Redfern floorspace

In total, NOMA will provide 2.5 million sq ft of both new-build and renovated office space, situated alongside housing and public realm, as well as retail and leisure opportunities.

Federated Hermes is the investment manager of NOMA with MEPC, which was acquired by Federated Hermes earlier this year, acting as development manager.

Lyons Thompson Letts Property Consultants and Colliers are joint retail and leisure agents for NOMA. JLL and Colliers are retained office agents.

Stephen Bradley, senior asset manager at Federated Hermes, said: “Practical completion at Redfern marks another milestone in the redevelopment of the listed estate at NOMA, where we have a fantastic collection of historic buildings that are being repurposed to meet the needs of modern occupiers, while still preserving their unique characteristics and heritage.

“We take a long-term view and remain confident in the fundamentals of the Manchester office market.”

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