Lift off for NOMA square naming

September 08, 2015

The new public realm at the heart of the NOMA neighbourhood has been named Sadler’s Yard, inspired by the pioneer James Sadler, who made the first manned balloon flight in Manchester in March 1785.

The new name arrives following an open forum for Manchester residents to suggest a name for the public area, which is being created between the iconic CIS Tower, New Century House and Hanover opposite Victoria Station.  Shortlisted names were submitted to a specially selected panel, who considered each of the entries for their originality and rationale.

The new public square

Simon Binns, a freelance journalist who chaired the panel, said:

“It was an incredibly difficult decision as we had received such a high number of entries, all of which had their merits but - following a long and interesting debate - Sadler’s Yard was the preferred option.  James Sadler was an innovator, entrepreneur and daredevil, and we are sure his spirit will be encapsulated in the Yard.”

David Pringle, Director of NOMA at The Co-operative Group, said:

“We are proud of the new name and believe that the people of Manchester will take it to their hearts.  We are looking forward to the first event in Sadler’s Yard, which is the official launch event in October.  We plan to bring a series of enjoyable and interesting events to Sadler’s Yard from the end of the year and throughout 2016 and beyond.”

Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester City Council’s city centre spokesperson, said:

“Manchester has an incredibly rich history and, in the naming of this new square, we had a rare opportunity to bring a piece of Manchester’s heritage back to the fore and celebrate a little known piece of the city’s past. We give you Sadler’s Yard.”

Richard O Smith is the author of ‘The Man with His Head in the Clouds’ – a biography of James Sadler, and he said:

"No list of Great Britons is complete without the name James Sadler and it’s great to hear his name and spirit will live on in Manchester – a place he had such an affinity with. He was the true pioneer of flight in this country - being the first Englishman to fly. Incredibly he managed that historic feat in a balloon he designed, built and piloted himself; not bad for a pastry chef. As one contemporary newspaper commented in Sadler's lifetime on his celebrity status, everyone knew Sadler's name, from the humblest cabbage seller to the mightiest lord."

Sadler’s YardSadler’s Yard, which will open in October 2015, will create a safe and welcoming space that will over time create a mix of cafés, restaurants, bars and shops nestled amongst the characterful buildings that form the NOMA listed estate. 

The new city square is being delivered by NOMA and Manchester City Council and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund. It has been designed by Landscape Architects Planit-IE, and contractors Casey are on-site undertaking construction works.

About NOMA

NOMA is a 20 acre mixed-use, responsibly designed neighbourhood in Manchester’s city centre that puts people and community firmly at its heart.

NOMA is being delivered by a joint venture partnership between The Co-operative Group – The UK’s largest mutual business and a part of the NOMA estate for more than 160 years, and Hermes Investment Management – a multi-boutique investment management business owned by the largest corporate pension fund in the UK.

Together, the joint venture partnership will develop the buildings and land within NOMA to deliver new homes, offices, retail and leisure facilities and create new and enhanced public spaces in the centre of the city.

The NOMA second phase Public Realm project is part financed by the North West European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013.  The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/erdf-programmes-progress-and-achievements