Two major office buildings are to be constructed after the latest part of Manchester’s £800 million NOMA scheme received approval from the local planning committee.The nine and 11-floor structures will be located at Two and Three Angel Square, opposite Victoria station on the northern edge of the city centre.Victoria station has recently undergone a major renovation of its own, which involved incorporating the existing 19th century structure into a larger, modern building to serve the city’s growing transport needs.Angel Square One has already been completed by venture partners the Co-Operative Group and Hermes Investment Management. It has been hailed as one of the most sustainable buildings in the world, with a BREEAM rating of excellent.The new buildings will create 350,000 sq ft of premium office space, as well as offering ground-floor units for retailers and restaurants. Car parking will be available on the basement level. Previously, the location was the home of the first-ever steam-powered mill, but is currently being used as a car park.Although residents in the nearby Angel Meadows conservation area have raised concerns about the potential for loss of natural light and other problems, the planning committee decided that these were not unreasonable for an urban area. They also concluded that concerns about a lack of affordable housing in the project should not stop it from going ahead.The 20-acre NOMA project was first proposed in 2009, but was put on hold for a number of years during the recession. To date, only the Co-Op headquarters at One Angel Square have been completed, but there are plans to make substantial use of the land, which is well-situated near key transport links.When revamped plans were revealed back in March, NOMA director David Pringle said that 2015 was a ‘pivotal year’ for the project.
Next phase of NOMA scheme to go ahead
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