17th July, 2017


Friedrich Engels – philosopher, writer, radical thinker – is coming back to Manchester this weekend and First Street is throwing a homecoming party to mark the occasion.

To celebrate the end of MIF17, Ceremony, a live film event by Turner Prize-nominated artist Phil Collins, will take place at the NCP Bridgewater Hall carpark this Sunday 16 July followed by a celebration party at First Street.

The film documents the journey of a Soviet-era statue of Engels, which over the last few months has been driven across Europe from the Ukraine, and will be permanently installed at First Street’s Tony Wilson Place. The statue will be erected in recognition of the two decades Engels spent in Manchester observing the working-class conditions of the city.

The unveiling of the statue at its new home on First Street will see the people of Manchester joining forces to create a performative film event, mixing footage from the road trip across Europe with live coverage of its inauguration. This will include a soundtrack by Mica Levi and Demdike Stare, a new anthem by Gruff Rhys, and stories of today’s Manchester workers who Collins met and filmed during his year-long MIF17 residency. Performances in and around Tony Wilson Place will be broadcast at a free event in the NCP Bridgewater Car Park, as well as live-streamed.

Following the filming, the audience will be invited back to First Street to view the statue which is located on the plaza at Tony Wilson Place. Up to 1000 guests are expected at the viewing and, from his new perch in Tony Wilson Place, Engels’ statue will oversee the celebrations at First Street on Sunday evening. Many of the estate’s tenants, including independent operators HOME, INNSIDE Manchester hotel, The Laundrette, The Gasworks Brewbar, The Liquor Store and Indian Tiffin Room, will be joining in the celebrations to offer MIF after-partygoers a triumphant end to the festival.

The First Street estate is owned and developed by leading real estate investment manager PATRIZIA, which is a corporate sponsor of this year’s MIF.

Commenting on First Street and PATRIZIA’S involvement in the inauguration of Engels’ statue, Mike Tyler, Head of Asset Management at PATRIZIA UK, said: “First Street is no stranger to artistic endeavour, with the estate’s anchor occupier HOME hosting theatre and dance shows, independent films and art installations every week. For First Street to become the permanent location of Engels’ statue, a joint art project by MIF, 14-18 NOW and HOME, is testament to the cultural significance First Street is having on the city, and the impact it will continue to make now and for many years to come.”

Ceremony takes place on Sunday 16 July, NCP Bridgewater Hall Car Park. The Engels statue at Tony Wilson Place at First Street can be viewed straight after the live performance.

Ceremony is co-commissioned by Manchester International Festival (MIF), 14-18 NOW – the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and HOME, Manchester.

You can also experience Ceremony live and online at

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Tennis fever takes over First Street…and there’s more to come this weekend! Image
11th July, 2017

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Thousands of tennis fans have been gripped by the Wimbledon action televised live on the big screen at First Street since the tournament began, and the fun looks set to continue as the excitement mounts ahead of this weekend’s finals.

First Street’s free 20 sq m outdoor sports screen in Tony Wilson Place has broadcast the live BBC coverage of every Championship match since Sunday 27 June to Centre Court followers who have relished the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere from the comfort of a deck chair.

With copious amounts of ice cream consumed and a wealth of drink and food choices available, First Street will be the place to grab a front row seat to cheer on the Finalists as they battle to lift the tournament trophy in the Wimbledon Finals this weekend.

Staff at companies that are head quartered at First Street, including Autotrader and Gazprom, have been taking advantage of the outdoor screening by using their lunch breaks to catch a midday slice of the action.

First Street’s Wimbledon screening is supported by the numerous leisure and retail destinations on the estate, including: INNSIDE Manchester hotel, Pizza Express, Starbucks, The Laundrette, Gasworks Brewbar, Indian Tiffin Room and The Liquor Store.

Alongside the big screen, the Finals weekend will feature live entertainment in Tony Wilson Place, with music from Laura Jayne Hunter, who will be performing her Indie Lounge set accompanied by the special guitar skills of John Emsley, and an acoustic guitar set performed by local musician, Becky Langan.

The Wimbledon screenings at First Street are free for all to watch, with groups of families, friends and sports fans alike encouraged to take up a deck chair in front of the big screen.

There is on-site parking at First Street’s Q-Park and Metrolink access across the City via the Deansgate:Castlefield Metrolink stop.

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28th June, 2017

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Since construction started last year No8 First Street has provided workplace apprenticeships for 16 young people who, together with Carillion’s build team and its many sub-contractors, are working to deliver the 170,000 sq ft Grade A office scheme. The apprentices have provided support through the numerous contractors on the supply chain and have been working across a wide range of trades including joinery, steelwork, mechanical & electrical, brickwork, dry lining and cladding.

The apprentices have been working both direct with suppliers and through Carillion Training Services. The team was also able to take on an additional brickwork apprentice on a placement who hadn’t been able to complete his apprenticeship with his existing employer so was placed with Carillion’s bricklaying contractor enabling him to gain the necessary skills and experience to complete his apprenticeship.

Alongside the 16 project apprentices, Carillion Training Services and the project team at First Street have set up a new apprenticeship in General Construction Operations. The No8 compound and facilities have been used for training 5 new apprentices on this scheme who are now all out on placement to enable them to complete their qualification.

No8 First Street is being delivered in a joint venture between PATRIZIA UK and GMPF with Ask Real Estate undertaking the Development Management role.

Commenting on the apprenticeship roles Scott Roberts, Centre Manager (Manchester) at Carillion said: “Using No8 as a training centre has enabled Carillion Training Services to increase the opportunities for apprentices and for them to work alongside an experienced team on a live construction project. They have played an invaluable part in helping to build this great new city centre office scheme which is scheduled for completion in Autumn this year.”

Picture: Apprentice Reece Degney (17) at No8 First Street


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22nd June, 2017


This week we have launched a fantastic competition called Mix Blank Canvas with leading commercial interiors magazine Mix Interiors to look at a range of innovative design solutions for the 6 winter gardens at No8.

Working with Mix Interiors, we have invited designers and fit-out specialists to show us how they envisage the unique space being used by future occupiers.

The designers have been asked to consider how a business from two different sectors might use the winter gardens on floors 1,3 and 5 which provide up to 2,538 sq ft of private amenity space for businesses to use in whichever way suits them. The business sectors might include a call centre, professional services company or creative agency so we expect the submitted designs to all show a quite different approach.

They will provide details of the suggested materials, finishes and fit-out, and visualise how these complement both the office environment and the aesthetic of the wider estate.

The brief also asks people to show how their designs might impact on the recruitment and retention of staff across the chosen sectors.

We look forward to showcasing the ideas submitted in the coming months. Don’t forget to follow the competition on our social channels too.

The deadline for entries is 21 July 2017 and judging will take place in August.  Further details can be found here

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2nd June, 2017


Almost two years since the launch of Junkyard Golf Club in its native home of Manchester, and following the rapid expansion of this unique concept into London, the leaders in competitive leisure have announced they have outgrown their current space at Piccadilly Place and have announced a move to First Street, Manchester.

Taking on a prominent site at First Street, Junkyard’s neighbours include HOME, Gasworks Brewbar and the Liquor Store.  Junkyard Golf Club will host its final rounds of golf at the current Piccadilly Place venue on 20 August, with the new venue being ready for play on 24 August 2017, when the site will officially launch.

The team behind Junkyard Golf Club have promised to take the concept to the next level, with more courses, bigger and more dramatic immersive environments and a refreshed food and drinks offer.  The format remains the same with the craziest of 9 hole golf courses, snack food and much-loved party style cocktails, but fans will now be able to experience bigger, better and wilder junk-filled golf courses and bar environments.  More details will be released soon.

Junkyard Golf director, Chris Legh says: “We were looking for a bigger, permanent space, that could fit all our mad ideas and we came across this site and it’s in a perfect location.  First Street is an exciting new hub for food and booze and we always tend to find ourselves at the forefront of the most happening new areas.

“Our mission is to keep making crazy golf epic and the new site has so much space to play with – we can fit in three courses, more bar areas and fill the space with bigger and better crazy golf madness.  With high ceilings, and loads of space, the venue will feature two mezzanines and plenty of bars, all to ensure a really different kind of night out.  Get ready to see golf like you’ve never seen before.”

Commenting on Junkyard Golf’s move to First Street, Mike Tyler, Head of Asset Management at PATRIZIA UK, the investment company behind the regeneration and development of the estate, says: “This is great news for First Street, and we are working closely with Chris and the team to ensure that Junkyard Golf enjoys a smooth and successful move to our community of business, leisure, hospitality and residential offerings.”

Along with the growth of the brand in Manchester, Junkyard Golf Club continues to build its name across the UK, with national expansion already underway.  Following on from the success of the brand’s London Truman Brewery space, Junkyard has already secured a site in Oxford which will be opening later in 2017 with further details being announced in due course.

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5th April, 2017


The North West’s only MasterChef winner, Simon Wood, has today announced that his much anticipated restaurant, Wood, will launch at Manchester’s First Street this summer.

The 4,000 sq ft restaurant will be located on Jack Rosenthal Street on First Street and will join the estate’s growing restaurant and bar offering which now includes The Liquor Store, Gasworks Brewbar, The Indian Tiffin Room, Laundrette, Pizza Express and Starbucks.

Commenting on First Street’s latest letting, Ask Real Estate’s Development Director Leon Guyett on behalf of Estate owner PATRIZIA said: “We are delighted that Simon has chosen First Street as the location to open his first ever restaurant. With his MasterChef pedigree this is a great addition to First Street’s wider food and drink offering and I’m sure Wood will pull in visitors from right across the North West.”

Former Data Manager, Simon (40) started cooking when he could ‘reach the top of an oven’. His passion began when, at eight years old, he won a competition to be anything for a day and he chose to be a chef. Thirty years later Simon’s MasterChef win saw him fulfilling a dream he has had since he was young.

Since 2015 he has worked as executive chef at Oldham Athletic FC and Oldham Event Centre, most recently launching ‘The Boardroom by Simon Wood’.

His areas of passion include fine dining, the art of plating, and teaching. His debut cookbook At Home with Simon Wood – Fine Dining Made Simple launched earlier this year.

Simon comments; “For me Manchester is the best city in the country; it’s friendly, vibrant, busy and has incredible night life complemented by some great restaurants. What’s more its food and drink culture is thriving and we see our restaurant enhancing that already amazing existing offer-ing.

On the choice of location Simon continues; “I was instantly attracted to First Street and see this very much as the next go to place in this exciting city.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to be part of a thriving community which boasts, HOME – the Con-temporary International Arts Centre, bars, a hotel and onsite secure parking, all positioned around a new attractive, high quality public square.

“It’s everything you could need in a brand new high quality neighbourhood and I share the devel-opment’s vision for this as an up and coming destination.

“It is close to many key Manchester venues and has excellent public transport facilities nearby with Oxford Road train station, Deansgate train station and Deansgate/ Castlefield Metrolink station within a few minutes’ walk. Oxford Road train station is due to undergo a huge multi- million-pound redevelopment too and so the location is accessible, modern and inviting.

First Street felt right for me and I am looking forward to being part of this new Manchester community.”

Metis advised PATRIZIA and Simon Wood was represented by Crane Reid.

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30th March, 2017


The organisers of the 2017 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, Xtra Mile Events, have confirmed that all runners entering the race after 13th March, and all international runners, should collect their race number from the central operations race collection point in First Street on Friday 31st March or Saturday 1st April.

The race collection point will be open on Friday 31st March between 4pm-8pm and on Saturday 1st April between 9am-4pm.

Saturday will also see the presence of ASICS with their Pace your Race service, where runners can pick up their free personalised pace band which will help them achieve their personal goals at the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. Runners Need and SiS will be retailing, and runners will be able to purchase exclusive ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon merchandising.

It has also been confirmed that Dr Ron Hill MBE will be doing an exclusive book signing of the book he co-wrote with Neil Shuttleworth called “Manchester Marathons 1908 – 2002”, which traces the history of the various marathon races held over nearly a century in or around Manchester. Please check the race’s website and social media channels for further details regarding this.

The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon takes place on Sunday 2nd April and is looking forward to welcoming 15,000 runners from all over the UK and abroad. Renowned for being one of the flattest and fastest marathons, with real potential to run a PB, the race is hugely popular with elite runners as well as with first-time marathoners and charity runners.

With the race collection point located in First Street, the two days leading up to the race promise to be a great opportunity to mingle with other runners, soak up the pre-race atmosphere and enjoy the host of food and drink experiences that this vibrant quarter of the city has to offer.

First Street’s anchor tenant and cultural arts venue HOME showcases cinema, art and theatre performances, including ¡Viva! Festival, a celebration of film, theatre and visual art from across the Spanish-speaking world. This, combined with Manchester marathon’s sporting activities, is set to create a festival atmosphere at First Street.

Marathon runners will also have the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep both before and after the event at First Street’s hotel accommodation, INNSIDE Manchester, an Official Hotel Partner for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. With 208 bedrooms, a Wellness Centre, gym and restaurant, INNSIDE Manchester offers ideal accommodation for athletes, less than three miles from the race village. First Street’s multi-storey car park also ensures that there’s easy access to the hotel and everything First Street has to offer.

Xtra Mile Events have confirmed that it is not too late to sign up for the 2017 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, including for the 2-leg relay and 4-leg relay team challenge which both offer the chance to experience the big marathon atmosphere as a team effort. Anyone still wishing to be a part of one of Manchester’s greatest sporting events is encouraged to register as soon as possible to secure their place on the start line.

Race Director Simon Hill commented, “With just a couple of weeks to go until the 2017 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, the city is getting ready for race weekend and excitement is brewing. We are looking forward to welcoming runners to First Street on the Friday and Saturday pre-race, where they can pick up their race packs and make the most of the fantastic shops and facilities in the area. It will be a fitting start to what is set to be an action-packed weekend. We would like to thank everyone who has signed up to the event so far and remind people that there are still some spaces left for anyone still wishing to run. The race is brilliant for all levels of runner and the spectator support is phenomenal. We are looking forward to delivering a first-class race and to starting the weekend in style at First Street.”

For more information on Greater Manchester Marathon click here.

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16th March, 2017


First Street will be right at the heart of the action for the Manchester International Festival 2017 (MIF).

Manchester’s newest neighbourhood will play host to Ceremony by Phil Collins, the Festival’s closing event, on Sunday 16 July, which also sees the arrival of a statue for the city to commemorate the life of the remarkable Friedrich Engels, the German political theorist and Manchester resident.

The statue will be erected at Tony Wilson Place and will be a focal point at First Street for years to come. Ceremony is co-commissioned by MIF, 14-18 NOW (The UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary), and HOME at First Street.

The First Street Estate is owned and developed by leading real estate investment manager PATRIZIA, which is a corporate sponsor of this year’s festival.

Commenting on First Street and PATRIZIA’S involvement, Rob Brook, Head of Portfolio Management at PATRIZIA UK, said: “As the world’s leading festival of new work created by international artists, MIF has forged a global reputation and is testament to Manchester’s status as a key cultural hub in the UK. At the heart of this hub is First Street’s anchor occupier HOME, so we’re delighted to announce that we are supporting this world-class festival of the arts, and that First Street will be hosting the final ceremony.”

Turner-prize nominated artist, Phil Collins, will bring MIF to a close with a live film event, Ceremony, mixing footage of the statue’s journey from Russia across Europe with live coverage of its inauguration and performances in and around First Street’s Tony Wilson Place.

HOME at First Street is also hosting the world premiere of Returning to Reims, a theatrical production by Thomas Ostermeier for MIF, and commissioned by the Schaubuhne, MIF and HOME.

First Street launched in May 2015, and since then a host of new independent bars and restaurants have opened, including The Gasworks Brewbar, The Laundrette, The Liquor Store and Indian Tiffin Room, drawing a huge following from culture lovers and people looking for a great night out.


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7th March, 2017


Photographs released this week to Place North West show a first glimpse of the 170,000 sq ft Grade A office space which is under construction behind the hoardings at No8 First Street.

Due for completion in Q3 2017, the images show how No8’s 26,000 sq ft column-free floor plates are now taking shape. Designed to offer flexible layout options, the six huge floors of office space at No8 will go a considerable way to meet the City’s lack of Grade A office space.

The images also show what the views out from the unique, double-height winter gardens will look like. The extent of Manchester’s significant construction work is clear with cranes across the skyline including the distinctive yellow and red ones which are installing the Ordsall Chord rail link bridge.

The exterior of the scheme, which is being built by Carillion, is now partially glazed and the interior glazing units for the winter gardens are being installed.

The roof of the building shows how No8 will offer stunning views across the First Street estate towards the heart of the City and the proximity of the scheme to the Metrolink station at Deansgate-Castlefield as well as to both Oxford Road and Deansgate railway stations.

No8 is being delivered in a joint venture between PATRIZIA UK and the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund with Ask Real Estate as Development Manager. The building has been designed by Fletcher Priest Architects and global energy business Gazprom has pre-committed to c.50,000 sq ft of space across the building’s top two floors.

Dan Williams, Head of Development at PATRIZIA UK, said: “It is great to be able to give a first glimpse of life behind the hoardings which highlights the rapid progress which is being made at No8. Without doubt, the huge open floor plates coupled with the unique winter gardens are proving to be a big attraction to companies looking for a great location and space which offers relaxing breakout areas. The winter gardens, which will be lit at night, are a first for any office building in Manchester and new occupiers will get to design their own private amenity space.”

Commenting on the growing interest in No8, Chris Cheap, Regional Senior Director at GVA, who, together with Savills, are advising on the leasing of the building, said: “No8 is a ground-breaking building which has been designed entirely with the occupier’s needs in mind. It offers access to some of Manchester’s best amenity, both here at First Street and in the heart of the City. After a strong year of office take up in 2016 we have seen significant levels of demand so far this year and No8 is ideally placed to meet the various requirements in the market place.’


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First Look at No.8 First Street Image
28th November, 2016

First Look at No.8 First StreetRead More

Progress at No8 First Street continues to gain momentum and PATRIZIA UK has now unveiled a series of new images following a significant surge in occupier interest.

The 173,600 sq ft Grade A office building, which is being delivered by a joint venture between PATRIZIA UK and GMPVF, will feature unique, double-height winter gardens at each alternate corner which will be lit at night as well as large, column-free floor plates and a spacious reception area.

Work on the building, which faces onto Tony Wilson Place, the new public square at First Street, has been progressing rapidly since the recent topping out ceremony and it continues to take shape this week with the installation of the exterior cladding.

In addition, a series of new leisure outlets have opened across the First Street estate this month attracting further interest from occupiers, as well as new visitors during the busy day and evening trading periods. Operators that have recently opened include the award-winning The Liquor Store and The Gasworks Brewbar with Laundrette due to open on December 5th.

A bespoke marketing suite for No 8 has opened this week and a series of occupier and agents tours will take place before Christmas.

PATRIZIA has already secured the pre-let of c.50,000 sq ft of space to global energy company Gazprom and the remaining 106,000 sq ft of office space is available to occupiers looking to relocate to this vibrant leisure and business environment.

Dan Williams, Head of Development at PATRIZIA UK, said: “Progress on No8 is gathering pace and it’s already clear to see how impressive this seven-storey office development will be when it completes next year. No8 will be a key part of the 20-acre First Street site and new occupiers will be joining an impressive line-up of high profile companies including AutoTrader, Ford Credit Bank, Jacobs Engineering and Amaze, which together employ over 2,000 people. First Street is establishing itself as a key destination in the city of Manchester.”


Savills and Bilfinger GVA are instructed as joint agents on the building which is due for completion in September 2017.


The latest time-lapse video showing the development of the building can be viewed here

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