Global engineering firm chooses NOMA as Manchester HQ

Dantzic at NOMA

Global architecture, design and engineering firm IBI Group has announced it is will base its new Manchester headquarters at the NOMA neighbourhood.

IBI Group will take around 6,600 sq ft of space in Dantzic, a Grade II listed building built in 1937 that has been transformed into modern office space, on a 10-year lease.

IBI Group joins Amazon, Deloitte, The Coop, The Ministry of Justice and WeWork as occupiers at NOMA, the 20-acre mixed-use neighbourhood in Manchester city centre.

The technology-driven design firm with global architecture, engineering, planning, and technology expertise spanning over 60 offices and 3,000 professionals around the world, has agreed to take an entire floor at Dantzic.

The space will consolidate the firm’s Greater Manchester staff in Didsbury and Rochdale.

Peter Ridley, Director at IBI Group and lead for the new Manchester office said“Manchester remains one of the most exciting cities in the UK and our new headquarters at Dantzic, NOMA will support our growth and expansion, as we look to grow our pipeline of projects in not only Manchester but the wider North West region.

“NOMA’s central location, digital and transport connectivity and proximity to a wealth of talent is ultimately what drove our decision to relocate and we look forward to being part of the neighbourhood.”

Dantzic, the former warehouse and office building has retained many of its original features following the revamp by Russell WBHO, and the designs by architects Sheppard Robson.

It’s been designed to appeal to companies in the creative and technology sectors.

Last year NOMA welcomed the Ministry of Justice to Redfern, also a revamped Grade II listed building that is now home to the government department’s flagship hub for the National Probation Service.

NOMA is owned by the international business of Federated Hermes, a leading global investment manager, acting on behalf of an institutional investor.

MEPC, which Federated Hermes recently acquired, is the development and asset manager for the regeneration project.

Stephen Bradley, Director – Investment Management at Federated Hermes, said: “Our vision for NOMA was always to create a new beating heart for Manchester’s innovators that will help the city continue to punch above its weight and stand tall on the world stage.

“IBI Group, with its focus on technology-driven design and sustainability, is absolutely in line with our vision of delivering something truly unique, creative and innovative at NOMA and we are proud to be attracting like-minded businesses to the neighbourhood.”

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

Construction is currently underway at 4 Angel Square, a speculative office development that will provide 200,000 sq ft of commercial space and be operationally net zero carbon in line with the UK Green Building Council’s framework.