Plans for 450 apartments at the heart of Manchester’s £800m NOMA scheme have been approved by town hall chiefs.
The plush homes – complete with roof-top gardens and sports facilities – were backed by the city’s planning committee.
Developers can now press ahead with proposals for the residential element of The Co-operative Group’s flagship NOMA scheme.
The 20-acre project has already seen the Co-op’s One Angel Square headquarters developed, with plans for officers, retail and leisure facilities and improved public spaces elsewhere.
Plans for rental apartments on the corner of Miller Street and Rochdale Road were revealed last year by Moda Living, a partnership between Caddick Developments and Generate Land.
Dubbed Angel Gardens, the development will sit next to The flagship Co-op building, and will include a 36-storey tower housing apartments, shops, cafes and bars.
Residents will have exclusive use of amenities, including resident lounges, a cinema room and business meeting space. There will be a rooftop garden, complete with BBQ zones, gym and fitness classes; and a sports court with netball, tennis, basketball and football pitches. Residents could move in as early as 2017, with work planned to start next year.
The project will also include car parking, landscaping and the creation of a new pedestrian route between Angel Street and Miller Street. The site, to the north of the city centre, is currently used for car parking.
The wider NOMA project will see scores of offices, hotels, shops and green spaces created; in a move that will create thousands of jobs. It is being delivered by a joint-venture partnership between The Co-op and Hermes Investment Management.
The overhaul is part of The Co-operative Group’s NOMA project and comes after we revealed stunning images showing how the buildings that form part of the £800m development will change Manchester’s skyline.
Tony Brooks, director of Moda Living, said: “The news is extremely positive and is another key milestone in our journey to change the face of the private rented sector.
“The NOMA scheme is offering an unbeatable area of redevelopment and investment in Manchester city centre. It has provided Moda with the perfect opportunity to introduce our brand and concept, and we have customer experience at the heart of our strategy.”
David Pringle, a director at The Co-operative Group, said: “Angel Gardens is a great addition to the NOMA masterplan, it is an outstanding design and the development will provide the first residential offer of the NOMA neighbourhood. Developing homes within NOMA is vital to the vibrancy of the area and the quality of the offer is completely aligned with our strategy.”