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

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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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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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18th October, 2017

and the runners up….Read More

BDP – Highly Commended

The judges were impressed with how BDP had researched the industrial heritage of the Gas Works, which was originally located on First Street, and used this to influence their design.
An innovative breakout space – the ‘Circular Drum’, which echoes the iconic gasometers that once existed, were particularly striking. This flexible space with floor heating also ensures temperatures can be controlled in this room all year round.

BroomeJenkins – Highly Commended

The judges felt this winter garden exemplified how to create a shared amenity that can support work activity whilst creating a connection with nature.
The movable cloud screens in the windows are a clever solution not only for visual impact, from both outside and inside the building, but also an innovative way to adjust how light enters and to create shading when required.

Claremont

The judges agreed this project was ambitious, aspirational and visually stunning, incorporating clever influences from Manchester’s rivers and cotton heritage. The use of dramatic water columns not only provided visual impact but also the source of recyclable water to maintain the planting.

Space Zero

The judges liked the clever use of colour and lighting on this design, which they felt would create a striking impact from the outside looking in. The design provided a flexible solution that offered areas for quiet, recuperation time as well as social gatherings.

Grimshaw

The judges felt this was an extremely playful, fun design in keeping with the ‘tech rebels at work’ the design was targeting. They felt aspects such as the climbing wall/secret room would appeal to younger more creative businesses and assist with recruitment and staff retention.

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NO8 FIRST STREET REVEALS WINTER GARDEN COMPETITION WINNER Image
5th October, 2017

NO8 FIRST STREET REVEALS WINTER GARDEN COMPETITION WINNERRead More

Some of the UK’s leading architecture and design firms have submitted concepts to showcase the potential of Manchester’s first Winter Gardens at No8 First Street, which is due for practical completion later this year.

The winning design was submitted by the team at Ancoats-based architects 74 and shows how the double-height space could be transformed with dramatic vertical drops of foliage and lighting, which the judges said would ‘create drama both inside and outside the building’. The design is complemented with nature-inspired furniture, surfaces and lighting. The human-centric space is designed to flex around individuals’ needs and to be actively used by all staff throughout the working day. You can view 74’s rationale behind their design here.

The competition was run by Mix Interiors, the leading magazine for the UK commercial interiors market. Agencies across the UK were invited to illustrate how they would transform the Winter Gardens at No8 First Street, which will deliver 170,000 sq ft of Grade A BREEAM rated ‘Excellent’ space. The top six entries included teams from BDP, Broomejenkins, Claremont, Space Zero and Grimshaw.

No8 incorporates six glazed, double-height Winter Gardens, which will provide up to 1,685 sq ft of private amenity space for occupiers and the competition was intended to show how they might be used and fitted out by occupiers. Entrants were asked to consider how a business from two different sectors of their choosing might use the space; potentially including call centres, professional services companies or creative agencies.

They were invited to present a single A1 mood board – with details of the suggested materials, finishes and fit-out, and to communicate visually how these would complement both the office environment and the personality of the wider estate. They needed to consider the visual impact of the internal space when viewed externally, both during the day and at night time. Entrants also had to consider the potential benefits of how their design would impact on the recruitment and retention of staff across their chosen sectors.

The creative and diverse range of ideas and designs were judged by Jamie Hills, Senior Development Executive of Ask Real Estate, Ann Marie Duffy, Marketing Executive of Ask Real Estate, and Dan Williams, Head of Real Estate Development UK and Ireland at PATRIZIA UK, together with Chris Cheap, Regional Senior Director at GVA Manchester and James Evans, Director at Savills Manchester, who are acting as retained agents for NO8 First Street.

Commenting on the submissions Jamie Hills of Ask Real Estate said: “We received some really creative and innovative solutions but 74’s stood out as being a visually beautiful and impactful concept. The judges felt that it offered a vibrant yet peaceful space, which provides a contrasting extension to the workspace. It really delivered in terms of design and functionality and is an exciting glimpse of what occupiers will potentially be able to do with these unique spaces.”

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24th August, 2017

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The bank holiday weekend always pulls a great crowd in to the city centre and Manchester’s newest neighbourhood, First Street, has revealed a host activities and special offers for visitors across the three-day weekend.

The new neighbourhood, which sits under the arches opposite the Hacienda Apartments on Whitworth Street, offers a convenient spot to eat and drink for students, families and revellers, many of whom will also be attending Manchester Pride this Bank Holiday weekend.

First Street’s flagship occupier, HOME is running a series of distinctive events which take inspiration from the human brain. The This is Human takeover is running right through the month until 31 August. This distinctive and ambitious series of events looks into the brain’s four main areas which control emotion, movement, biological rhythm and sense, culminating in sensory installations, live performances and interactive experiences.

Since launching in 2015 HOME has continued to pull in crowds, with almost 800,000 people visiting the art complex this year alone.

On Sunday 27 August, as part of the This is Human takeover at HOME, families can also enjoy an 11am screening of the classic animated movie Chicken Run.

For those looking to enjoy a few drinks this weekend the colourful GINNSIDE Terrace is open at the INNSIDE Manchester Hotel, offering a great south-facing spot to watch the world go by.  Over the weekend INNSIDE will be offering three cocktails for £20 while another First Street favourite venue, The Laundrette continues its 20% discount throughout the entire month of August. The Laundrette’s legendary Bottomless Brunch on Sunday 27 will satisfy the appetites of the hungriest visitors including the students living in First Street’s magnificent Vita Student accommodation.

One of First Street’s newest residents, Bassano Bar at Pizza Express, is staging a ticket-only, Italian Cocktail Masterclass on Friday 25 August. And, bringing a touch of Swedish heritage to the city The Liquor Store is hosting a dedicated, three-day Rekorderlig event that will turn one of the city’s favourite drinking venues into a summer cider-themed extravaganza.

The Gasworks Brew Bar will also be serving up a fine array of home-brewed and guest beers so there is plenty of choice over the Bank Holiday.

And the celebrations will continue throughout the month as two of First Street’s new restaurants open to the public. Visitors can look forward to the launch of MasterChef winner Simon Wood’s much-anticipated new restaurant Wood Manchester which opens on 31 August.

Junkyard Golf Club is also relocating to First Street and opens its doors on 01 September, with two mashed up crazy golf courses, lots of loud music and colourful cocktails.

The estate’s independent occupiers sit alongside Pizza Express, Sainsbury’s and Starbucks, which are already well established in the neighbourhood.

The final one of the estate’s independent operators Kettlebell Kitchen, will open the doors to its second unit in the city later in September seeing First Street fully-let and open for business.

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2nd August, 2017

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The latest occupier to take up residence at First Street has been announced today, with Kettlebell Kitchen completing the line-up of food and drink outlets at Manchester’s newest neighbourhood.

The arrival of the hugely popular clean-eating food operator completes the initial phase of the First Street estate which is located on Whitworth Street between Deansgate and Oxford Road stations.

Kettlebell Kitchen, which also has premises in Ancoats, will open this summer alongside other recent signings, Junkyard Golf Club and Masterchef winner Simon Wood’s Wood Manchester restaurant. Kettlebell’s signing sees all 32,000 sq ft of the retail, leisure, food and beverage units in phase one of First Street’s development scheme now complete.

Kettlebell Kitchen’s “eat clean, cheat clean” philosophy is set to satisfy the healthy appetites of visitors and hundreds of office staff who are based at First Street, alongside the growing student population which is taking up residence at VITA Student Living.

News of Kettlebell’s arrival at First Street, follows the announcement that Junkyard Golf Club will re-locate to the estate from its current temporary venue at Piccadilly Place and will be taking up its new permanent home at First Street in August.

The 20-acre First Street estate launched two years ago and was acquired by PATRIZIA in 2015. The new independent operator joins an already thriving neighbourhood with outlets including Gasworks Brew Bar, The Laundrette, The Liquor Store and The Indian Tiffin Room, offering day-to-night food and entertainment for occupiers and city visitors alike.

With First Street’s anchor occupier HOME attracting around 800,000 visitors in the last year and the 208-bed INNSIDE Manchester Hotel offering the opportunity to stay on site, First Street is fast-becoming a popular quarter of the city with a 24-hour a day, seven days a week offering.

First Street has also proven to be popular for businesses, with Amaze PLC, Auto Trader, Ford Credit Europe, Gazprom and Jacobs Engineering locating to the office building at Number One which is now home to over 1500 employees.

The latest Grade A office development on site, the 170,000 sq ft No8 First Street, will complete at the end of this year, and will see gas giant Gazprom move its staff to the top two floors of the building from its current home at No1 First Street. Five further retail units will be available on the ground floor of No8 when it completes.

Commenting on the lettings announcement Mike Tyler, Head of Asset Management at PATRIZIA UK, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Kettlebell Kitchen as the latest occupier to take up residence at First Street. It is another independent operator which will bring a complementary food and drink offering to First Street. The estate has proved to be a huge draw for visitors since it launched just over two years ago. First Street’s completed line up means that it has all of the right ingredients to be one of the city’s most popular leisure destinations.”

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31st July, 2017

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Being in Manchester we do sometimes get a bit of rain here at First Street, but we don’t ever let it dampen our spirits and so far this summer we’ve actually had our fair share of sunshine to enjoy. The crowds have gathered outside at Tony Wilson Place, whatever the weather, for some of our superb summer events which have included an action-packed two weeks of tennis action from Wimbledon and the unveiling of Fredrick Engels statue as part of the Manchester International Festival closing event, Ceremony.

Our stunning 170,000 sq ft Grade A office building No8 First Street is nearing completion and, when occupied, it will see hundreds more people working, living and enjoying everything that this amazing place has to offer.

If you are not sure where we are then head for Whitworth Street and you’ll find us just down the road from Oxford Road Station and opposite the Deansgate Castlefield Metrolink stop, right opposite the site of the legendary Hacienda nightclub where our very own Tony Wilson created a cultural and musical explosion which resonated around the world. Step under the arches to discover a whole new neighbourhood in Manchester with some of the leading independent bars and restaurants in the city.

This summer the GINNSIDE Terrace has opened its doors at INNSIDE Manchester providing a colourful, south-facing platform from where you can sip a cold G&T, or grab a superb £4 lunch from the astonishing chef’s salad bar and watch the world go by.

HOME continues to pull in the crowds and has revealed that almost 800,000 people have visited in the past year. They have already put on a packed schedule of amazing events this year and are now gearing up to host the Manchester Folk Festival which starts in October.

Our food and beverage units are all now fully let following the recent announcement that Kettlebell Kitchen will soon be joining us. We are so proud of the line-up of wonderful independent operators which together offer an amazing experience for visitors to First Street. To give you a quick snapshot of each one, there is:

The Laundrette is offering bottomless Sunday brunches and crazy cocktails and can be found just off     Tony Wilson Place underneath Vita Student Living
Kettlebell Kitchen, with its mantra “Eat clean, cheat clean”, is opening its second eatery in the city and has chosen First Street to debut its very first express restaurant concept this summer
Wood Manchester MasterChef winner Simon Wood’s first restaurant opens its doors in summer 2017 and is now taking bookings from September
The Gasworks Brewbar Brought to you by the team behind the much-loved The Dockyard pubs, the on-site brewery attracts beer lovers and classic pub foodies alike
Junkyard Golf Club An alternative indoor golfing experience for “those who love weird stuff”, Junkyard Gold Club is the place to tee off with a cocktail in hand
Pizza Express – a firm Italian favourite but now with added inspiration in the form of the Bassano bar for cocktails and pre-theatre drinks
The Indian Tiffin Room – The finest Indian Street Food in town and now catering to the early evening theatre crowd with its newly launched Theatre Menu
The Liquor Store Vintage LA-style liquor store meets the Manchester cocktail scene, embellished with New York Deli sandwiches and classic American themed favourites
Starbucks – for early morning caffine hits, ice cold lattes and an array of cakes and snacks
INNSIDE by Melia – Melia International‘s first INNSIDE brand hotel in the UK combining the coolest rooms in Manchester with the warmest welcome in the City and feeling very proud of themselves to have just won Advisor’s Certificate of Excellent Award !
Sainsbury’s – Providing workers, visitors, neighbours and passers-by with all of their essential grocery shopping, newspapers and snacks
Q-Park – • Offering one of the best value secure car parks in the city centre, the Q-Park at First Street is famed for its striking architectural façade – do come and take a look for yourself!

Why not join us soon at First Street where something different happens every day!

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17th July, 2017

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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 mif.co.uk/live.

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