The grade two-listed Redfern Building is set to be refurbished to add nearly 60,000 sq ft of office and retail space to Manchester’s NOMA, featuring restaurant and cafe space fronting Sadler’s Yard.
The listed building, bordered by Sadler’s Yard, Mayes Street, and Dantzic Street is largely vacant and is set to undergo a major upgrade, designed by architect Sheppard Robson.
A key part of the proposals is to open up the building’s frontage to Sadler’s Yard, which has already seen significant public realm improvements as well as the opening of the Pilcrow Pub.
This will include a change of use of the lower floors into three retail units: one for food and drink use; another for use as a workshop, exhibition or events space; and another as a restaurant or café. Together, these three units will comprise around 7,600 sq ft, and will open out onto Sadler’s Yard and Mayes Street.
Part of the building is already used as the Plant NOMA co-working and events space, but otherwise, it remains largely vacant.
Plans for the remaining office space in the building, which exceeds 50,000 sq ft, include the installation of a roof terrace on the seventh floor. The seventh and sixth floors will be also be combined via a new stairwell to turn them into a single office space.
Alongside Sheppard Robson, the professional team includes Deloitte as planner; Curtins; Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture; and Crookes Walker.
Russells is on board as main contractor, having previously delivered a series of refurbishments across the NOMA site including Hanover House, set to be home to Amazon when it completes later this year.
The NOMA regeneration area is headed up by Hermes Investment Management, which purchased the site from the Co-operative Group late last year.