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THE MANCHESTER ICE RINK RETURNS TO FIRST STREET! Image
2nd November, 2018

THE MANCHESTER ICE RINK RETURNS TO FIRST STREET!Read More

The Manchester Ice Rink is once again coming to First Street following a hugely successful launch last year.  This year, the 15m x 20m ice rink will remain open right through the holiday season from 15th November to 6th January, and prices will start at just £10.00 – with special rates available for group and corporate bookings.

Last year, thousands of visitors skated at First Street and the Manchester Ice Rink 2018 looks set to be even more fun-packed this time around.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the locally-curated Worker Bee Markets which will bring together Manchester-made artisan talent – with stalls offering handmade crafts, jewellery, unique food gifts, decorations and treats.  The pop-up market stalls will be at First Street on Wednesday 5th, 12th and 19th December from 12 noon – 6pm.  Worker Bee Markets was conceived by experienced market trader Clare Simpson, who this year was a Best Small Business finalist at the Northern Soul Awards.

First Street’s food and drink operators – including Pizza Express, Starbucks, Indian Tiffin Room, Kettlebell Kitchen, School for Scandal, Junkyard Golf Club, Bunny Jacksons, WOOD Manchester and Gasworks Brewbar – will have special offers, deals and discounts for skaters visiting First Street. Winter warmers, such as hot toddies and mulled wine will also be served from Simon Wood’s, WOODSHACK pop-up bar, and people can enjoy drinks and watch the skating from the terrace of the INNSIDE Manchester hotel overlooking the rink.

HOME, First Street’s destination for international arts and culture, are showing two family-friendly theatre shows whilst the rink is in town – White, for ages 2-4, and Dutch musical Slapstick for slightly older children. In addition, they’ll have regular screenings of classic feel-good festive films – you can find the full line-up on their website.

Bookings are now being taken and the rink will be open every weekday from 3.00pm with the final session at 8.00pm and open every weekend from 10.00am.

Online ticket sales are now live at www.manchestericerink.co.uk or call 0161 8209718

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ODEON to move Manchester office to N08 First Street Image
10th September, 2018

ODEON to move Manchester office to N08 First StreetRead More

Cinema operator ODEON is to take the whole third floor (26,285 sq ft) at No.8 First Street, Manchester at £29.50 per sq ft.

ODEON is to move its team from two floors in Lee House, 90 Great Bridgewater Street, where they have been for over 20 years, onto the single floor at the new 170,000 sq ft Grade A building.

Ken Taylor, Group Property Director, Odeon said: “As we upgrade our cinemas across Europe to give our guests the best experience, our colleagues also need a truly modern and comfortable working environment. The generous floor plate at No.8 First Street will allow us to create collaborative space and facilities that support ODEON’s identity and values.”

“The location is fantastic. Not only are we a couple of minutes’ walk to the Deansgate/Castlefield Metrolink tram stop and Oxford Road train station, but there’s an abundance of great facilities at First Street for our colleagues to enjoy with some of the city’s best bars and restaurants.”

Dan Williams, Head of Development at PATRIZIA in the UK, said: “ODEON is a great addition to our line-up tenants at No.8 First Street which will act as an excellent location for them. The building itself is due to complete within the next month – Gazprom is now in occupation on the fifth and sixth floors while WSP is currently fitting out the first and second floors which will complete in October when they move in 850 staff. We have strong interest in the final remaining fourth floor.”

Mark Baldwin, Associate Director at GVA who advised on the letting and manages the scheme on behalf of GMPF, added: “ODEON is another great name joining Gazprom and WSP at No.8 First Street. The location is perfect for the team as it is at the cultural heart of the city with neighbouring HOME and an array of bars, restaurants and leisure offerings at Tony Wilson Place. ODEON were attracted by the large open floorplates and the fantastic winter gardens, which are unique in the city, along with the easy access for staff from the city’s main transport hubs. We look forward to welcoming them later this month and we will be marketing the final remaining 4th floor at No.8.”

Andrew Cowell, transactions and asset management, OBI said: “We worked closely with ODEON to find them a new suitable home in Manchester and No.8 First Street fitted their bill to a tee. Being on one floor will support open innovation, collaboration and growth and the building will provide them with an impressive presence in the heart of one Manchester’s thriving new districts.”

Designed by Fletcher Priest Architects No.8 First Street has achieved BREEAM Excellent rating.

OBI and DWF represented Odeon. GVA, Savills and Metis are joint agents on No 8 First Street on behalf of GMPF and PATRIZIA with Ask Real Estate acting as development manager.

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WSP confirmed at N08 First Street Image
1st August, 2018

WSP confirmed at N08 First StreetRead More

WSP has confirmed that it will be moving to No8 First Street later this year.

The leading engineering and professional services firm is taking 55,000 sq ft across the first and second floors of the building which is due to complete in September. The move to No8 will see WSP merge its four existing Manchester offices into a single location, bringing up to 850 staff to First Street.

WSP will benefit from two of No8’s winter garden spaces on the first floor which provide double height breakout space for occupiers to use. They will join Gazprom which signed as a pre-let occupier early in the construction process taking c40,000 sq ft of space across floors 5 and 6. Following a fit out programme Gazprom has now taken occupation of its new offices.

Occupier interest in the remaining office space remains high and a number of the retail and leisure units on the ground floor are also under offer.

Commenting, Mark Hurley, Head of Environment and WSP leadership sponsor for the move said: “WSP has around 850 engineers, planners, environmental experts spread over four offices in Manchester and this move will combine all of our teams under one roof, improving collaboration and increasing creativity amongst our people.

“Having looked at a number of office buildings, both refurbished and new build, across the city, we chose No.8 First Street due to its central location in an area which is emerging as a vibrant, creative quarter of the city. It also offers us the opportunity to put our stamp on a brand-new space, marking a major milestone for the company as one of the biggest professional services and engineering consultancies in the city.

“As part of our commitment to become a carbon neutral business by 2025, our new office will also be FitWel compliant, ensuring that the health and well-being of our staff is incorporated in the design of the space.”

Chris Cheap, Regional Senior Director at GVA who both advised on the letting and manages the scheme on behalf of GMPVF, added: “WSP is a great signing at No8 and they will shortly be commencing their fit out with a view to being operational by the end of the year. They were attracted by the large, open floorplates of No8 and the wide range of amenity which is right on the doorstep. It’s a great building, in a fantastic location, and we look forward to welcoming WSP’s team to First Street over the coming months.”

Dan Williams, Head of Real Estate PATRIZIA UK, said: “With both Gazprom and WSP choosing to locate to No8 First Street it is a clear endorsement of both the building’s success as well as the wider estate. We also hope to announce further office and retail lettings very soon.”

Ask Real Estate is managing the development of No8 on behalf of GMPVF and PATRIZIA UK. GVA, Savills and Metis are joint agents and Cushman and Wakefield advised WSP. No8 is designed by Fletcher Priest Architects and construction is being managed by Rayner Rowen.

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Bee in the City – all the info, deals and discounts! Image
22nd July, 2018

Bee in the City – all the info, deals and discounts!Read More

We’re delighted to part of Bee in the City, and with our handy city-centre parking and dazzling array of bars & restaurants, we feel we’re the perfect place to start or end the trail.

To mark this incredible, two month-long outdoor exhibition, our tenants have kindly agreed to treat all BiTC explorers to the following offers:

  • Starbucks: 10% off everything in store
  • INNSIDE: 20% off food and drink, including items from Street on First
  • Wood: 25% off food every lunchtime, and each evening Tuesday – Thursday. They’ve also concocted a limited-edition bee cocktail!
  • Q-Park: 15% off parking when you book online and use code BEE15

What’s more, arts and culture hotspot HOME is housing some real-life honey bees on their roof from primary schools in Levenshulme and Urmston – to celebrate biodiversity in the city.

To unlock all these incredible deals, all you have to do is download the official Bee in the City app and make sure you scan the QPR code on each of our five bees. We can’t wait to welcome you all to First Street!

 

 

For more information on Bee in The City, head to beeinthecitymcr.co.uk.

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Wimbledon live at First Street Image
20th June, 2018

Wimbledon live at First StreetRead More

For the third year running First Street will be screening Wimbledon live, starting on the 2nd of July and running right through to the finals on 15th of July.

The giant screen will once again be positioned at Tony Wilson Place in the heart of First Street so come along, grab a deckchair and a Pimms and catch all of the tennis action.

For this year’s tournament First Street is pulling out all of the stops and will have lots of fun summer activities to enjoy including giant Jenga, table tennis and other fun games across the estate. It’s the perfect place for tennis fans to cheer on their favourites and hopefully get behind our own Andy Murray who will be fighting his way back from injury to make an appearance this year.

With a host of bars and restaurants offering some of the best outdoor seating areas in the city First Street has proved over recent years that it is the top spot to watch all of the Wimbledon action.

First Street is home to some of the city’s favourite venues including The Gasworks Brewbar, Bunny Jackson’s, Junk Yard Golf, Pizza Express, Indian Tiffin Room, and The Laundrette, to name just a few. Healthy take-out food will be on offer from Kettlebell Kitchen and cultural venue HOME will be open for drinks, food and of course will be showing a full summer programme of films across its cinemas and theatre. The south-facing Ginnside Terrace bar at INNSIDE Manchester is always a popular spot to watch the screen in the sun and enjoy one of hundreds of gins, wines and beers. Masterchef winner Simon Wood will also be serving up a mouthwatering array of summer dishes at his Wood Manchester restaurant.

First Street is just 5 minutes from Manchester Oxford train station, and directly opposite Castlefield/Deansgate Metro link station, but for people who prefer to drive, there is a 700 space QPark, which boasts some of the best priced parking in town.

So, whether you’re just nipping out from work and fancy catching a snippet of the action, or if you and the family are planning a full weekend of fun, First Street promises to offer the best front row seats in the city.

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Bee in the City is coming to First Street Image
29th May, 2018

Bee in the City is coming to First StreetRead More

We are delighted to be supporting Bee in the City, a spectacular public art event taking place from July – September this summer. Over eighty individually designed, super-sized Bee sculptures are winging their way to Manchester to form a world-class, free art trail across the city’s streets, parks and public spaces.

And we will have a swarm of bees taking up residence in First Street!

The event’s 3-D Bee sculpture has been inspired by Manchester’s iconic worker bee which has been part of the city’s heraldry for over 150 years and is synonymous with the city’s pioneering and industrious spirit. Bee in the City will bring together the business and creative sectors with local schools and communities to celebrate Manchester’s heritage and showcase its diverse cultural offer and artistic talent.

At the end of the trail, the Bees will be auctioned off to raise significant funds for The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity to improve the lives of Manchester residents and help them reach their full potential.

To find out more about Bee in the City visit beeinthecitymcr.co.uk

Or on Twitter @beeinthecitymcr #beeinthecity

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Ask and the Richardson family lead funding of 750,000 First Street office development Image
8th February, 2018

Ask and the Richardson family lead funding of 750,000 First Street office developmentRead More

Ask Real Estate (Ask), the Richardson Family and PATRIZIA UK have formed a new Joint Venture to bring forward the remaining office development plots at First Street in Manchester City Centre.

The joint venture, which is majority owned by Ask and Richardson, will own land with the capacity to deliver in excess of 750,000 sq ft of flexible and modern Grade A office accommodation. Up to four phases of development are planned which will target a range of businesses with similar characteristics to those who have already chosen First Street as their Manchester base. Companies such as Auto Trader Group, Ford Credit Europe, Jacobs Engineering, Amaze Digital and Gazprom have helped to create a thriving business environment at this location.

PATRIZIA will continue to own or manage the leisure and retail space as well as a major residential development site at First Street.

John Hughes, Managing Director of Ask Real Estate, said: “Building on First Street’s success as a well-established neighbourhood and one of Manchester’s favourite places, we welcome the opportunity to further expand the commercial element of the estate through our joint venture with Richardson and PATRIZIA.

“At a time when Manchester’s economy continues to grow, and new office space in the most sought after parts of the city centre is constrained, we are confident that First Street’s reputation as an exciting neighbourhood where people want to work and spend time will continue to grow.”

Mark Morgan, Richardson’s Head of Real Estate commented: “Following the family’s recent investment into Ask, we are delighted to quickly conclude this transaction. Delivery of the next phases of development will boost the existing community and add to the unique characteristics of this part of the city.”

James Muir, Managing Director of PATRIZIA UK and Ireland, said: “Following our investment in First Street in 2015, our commitment has been a driving force in creating a vibrant hub for the city, including attracting new businesses and bringing in new and exciting restaurants.

“This injection of capital by Ask and Richardson alongside ourselves, will enable the creation of new office space and further supports our shared vision for First Street.”

Manchester City Council Leader, Sir Richard Leese, added: “The appeal of First Street to potential office occupiers is now well established. As well as supporting existing jobs, this further development will help attract other companies to this important gateway site into the city, and is on track to create up to 10,000 jobs. Manchester’s ambition to become a global leader is stronger than ever, and I am confident that following this announcement, the pace of delivering the next phases of office development at First Street will accelerate significantly.”

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Rayner Rowen appointed to complete N08 First Street Image
7th February, 2018

Rayner Rowen appointed to complete N08 First StreetRead More

No8 First Street, the 170,000 sq ft Grade A office scheme, is still on track for completion following Carillion’s demise, with the appointment of specialist construction management team Rayner Rowen and supporting sub contractors.

Rayner Rowen has been appointed by GVA on behalf of the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund and work has now restarted back on site. Ask Real Estate is managing the development on behalf of the Fund and Patrizia.

Commenting on the appointment Dan Williams Head of Real Estate Development UK and Ireland for Patrizia said: “We had robust contingency plans in place to minimise the threat of any potential delays in construction and, following the news of Carillion’s insolvency, we have appointed Rayner Rowen to oversee the completion of No8.

“The team has a great deal of experience in managing medium to large scale construction developments and they have spent a lot of time on site over the last couple of weeks to immerse themselves in the build programme. We now have a critical path in place to complete the building as planned.”

Chris Cheap, senior regional director GVA who are investment managers for GMPVF, added: “Rayner Rowen has considerable experience and has quickly picked up the remaining development requirement to take No8 forward to completion. They have been on site since 25th January and have retained a number of key individuals to ensure continuity and the retention of specialist knowledge during the remaining months of construction. They are now fully engaged on site and we expect completion to be achieved in late Spring with minimal delay to the programme.”

Jonathan Rayner, director of Rayner Rowen said “We are proud to have been appointed by GMPVF to complete this prestigious project and look forward to working with the Fund, Patrizia and Ask Real Estate to deliver this scheme as originally intended.”

Gazprom signed as a pre-let occupier early in the construction process, and has already taken access to fit out circa 42,000 sq ft office which is split across two floors.

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Gazprom moves in as N08 First Street achieves Gold standard digital award Image
4th December, 2017

Gazprom moves in as N08 First Street achieves Gold standard digital awardRead More

No8 First Street is the first new-build office scheme in Manchester to achieve the “Wired Certified Gold for Development & Re-development” rating for its digital connectivity. The award, which ranks its technology infrastructure amongst the best in the UK, comes as the first occupiers move into the landmark building this week.

The 170,000 sq ft Grade A office, which is due for practical completion in Spring, achieved the internationally recognised Gold rating following an in-depth assessment of the building’s broadband and telecom infrastructure. The first tenants to benefit from No8’s advanced connectivity will be energy company Gazprom which has begun its move into the 40,000 sq ft of space it has leased across the top two floors of the building.

WiredScore champions the modern-day necessity for cutting-edge technology in real estate by providing the definitive standards for the digital connectivity of commercial buildings. Wired Certification empowers landlords to understand, improve, and promote their buildings’ digital infrastructure and is playing an increasingly important role in influencing occupiers in the decision-making process.

Commenting on the news Jamie Hills, Senior Development Executive at Ask Real Estate said: “While a handful of other buildings in Manchester have achieved the certification retrospectively, No8 is the first newly constructed office building to be Wired Certified Gold.”

“It gives a clear signal to the market that No8 is not only one of the most highly connected buildings in the city but that its digital infrastructure is also future-proofed. We are delighted to achieve this important accreditation at the same time as we welcome Gazprom into the building and continue to move forward with a number of other significant enquiries.”

William Newton, President and EMEA MD at WiredScore added: “Internet access is one of the most important factors for tenants who are searching for office space, along with cost and location. Until now there has been very little information available to potential occupiers about the quality of an office building’s internet connectivity. Wired Certification provides that much needed transparency and information for occupiers and we are delighted that No8 First Street is the first new-build in Manchester to achieve this incredibly high standard.”

WiredScore assessed the design of the building and scored it based on the features that matter most to tenants: No8 will be able to provide tenants with fast fibre service, there will be multiple points of entry into the building to prevent against potential disruption and there is capacity for tenants to install backup power and rooftop communications equipment to enhance resiliency.

The office space at No8 is arranged over seven floors and includes six double-height winter gardens, which will be illuminated at night, on opposite corners of the building. It is being delivered in a joint venture between PATRIZIA UK and the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund with Ask Real Estate as development manager.

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Get Your Skates on to First Street – Home to Manchester Ice Rink Image
1st November, 2017

Get Your Skates on to First Street – Home to Manchester Ice RinkRead More

From 15th November, Manchester Ice Rink will open at its new location in the centre of First Street providing skating fun for all.

The 20m x 15m ice rink, with a capacity of up to 100 skaters at any one time, will be open seven days a week until Saturday 23rd December. The ice rink welcomes skaters of all ages and abilities and is perfect for a family day out, a romantic first date, a festive office party or just a great fun night out with friends.

For those wishing to spectate, you can choose where to drink or grab a bite to eat, with all of First Street’s restaurants, cafes and bars offering 10% off for all ice skating ticket holders. All of First Street’s food, drink and entertainment operators are taking part including The Laundrette, Indian Tiffin Room, Kettlebell Kitchen, Junkyard Golf Club, WOOD Manchester, Gasworks Brewbar and Pizza Express. Q-Park First Street offers a 700-capacity car park on site as well.

HOME will also be showing a selection of classic Christmas movies including Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’.

A donation from each online ticket sale will go to the Global’s charity, Make Some Noise, helping youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity.

For ticket bookings please visit www.manchestericerink.co.uk or call 0161 820 9718. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased from the ticket office on site from 15th November 2017.

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