The new public square currently under construction at NOMA has been named Sadler’s Yard, inspired by James Sadler who made the first manned balloon flight in Manchester in 1785.
A competition inviting residents to submit suggestions for the name received 700 entries. The square is being created between the CIS Tower, New Century House and Hanover opposite Victoria train station in the city centre. During the course of the £800m NOMA development the area is expected to attract a mix of cafés, restaurants, bars and shops.
A shortlist of seven names were submitted to a specially selected panel, who considered each of the entries for their originality and rationale. Other suggestions included Turing, Pioneer and Cotton.
Sadler’s Yard will open in October 2015.
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.”
The new city square is being delivered by the Co-operative Group and Hermes’ NOMA and Manchester City Council, and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund. It has been designed by landscape architect Planit-IE, and contractor Casey is on site undertaking construction works.