International recognition for Manchester’s NOMA development

February 04, 2013

NOMA – Manchester’s sustainable 20-acres city centre development – has been shortlisted for one of the property industry’s most prestigious international awards.  The £800 million scheme is in the running for the ‘Best Futura Mega Project’ award at the internationally acclaimed MIPIM Awards in Cannes, France, next month.

In addition, 1 Angel Square – the new head office of The Co-operative Group - is shortlisted in the ‘Best Office and Building Development’ category.

Previous best office winners have included the World Trade Centre in Amsterdam and the headquarters of Le Monde in Paris, whilst last year’s Mega Project award was won by the Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus in Hong Kong.

David Pringle, Director of NOMA, said: “For NOMA and 1 Angel Square to be nominated for these awards is a remarkable achievement, and we are understandably delighted to be in the running.  NOMA faces stiff competition from the 5 Lagoons development in the Maldives - as well as projects in Beijing and Stuttgart - so it will be incredibly difficult to win, but hopefully we can become the first British recipient of this award.”

Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, the agency that leads on the city’s presence at MIPIM, said: “MIPIM is one of the largest real estate events in the world and to have two Manchester developments nominated for its prestigious awards is simply fantastic news for the city.  

“NOMA is creating a vibrant new area for Manchester, extending the city centre’s core - and before it is even completed, it has become something of a landmark on the city’s skyline. “ 

Additional Information:

The MIPIM world property market event runs from 12 – 15 March at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.  MIPIM Awards winners will be chosen in Cannes by a combination of the MIPIM delegates and an international jury of leading property professionals from throughout the world.

NOMA is the £800 million scheme to redevelop 20 acres of Manchester city centre.  The 10 – 15 year programme will create a truly mixed use district, incorporating office space, residential, and leisure facilities.  Phase one of NOMA is 1 Angel Square, the £100 million new head office of The Co-operative Group, which opens its doors to staff later this month.