Our thoughts are with the people of Manchester


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

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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  https://vimeo.com/190459358

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N0.8 First Street reaches highest point in the latest development for First Street Image
10th June, 2016

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PATRIZIA UK (“PATRIZIA”) announces that No8 First Street (“No8”), its 173,600 sq ft Grade A office building, has celebrated reaching the highest point of its development with a topping out ceremony. The building will deliver Manchester’s first office space with winter gardens.

On Wednesday October 5, guests including James Muir and Dan Williams from PATRIZIA UK, Councillors Susan Quinn, Mike Smith and Denise Ward representing GMPVF and John Hughes from Ask Real Estate Limited gathered at No8 to mark the start of the brickwork being laid.

No8 has been forward-funded by Greater Manchester Property Fund (GMPVF) in a joint venture with PATRIZIA UK, while Manchester-based developers Ask Real Estate Limited (AREL) continue to manage the construction phase of the development, which is being led by Carillion.

Due for completion in September 2017, the new seven-storey office development will be a key part of the 20-acre First Street site, and has already been partially pre-let to global energy company Gazprom, with significant interest in the remaining 106,000 sq ft of space from a range of occupiers looking to establish a base from this key location in Manchester.

Designed by Fletcher Priest architects, No8 will be arranged with three paired floors above street level, including retail and leisure amenities. The building will be virtually column free and features double-height winter gardens, providing occupiers with a unique 2,538 sq ft of alternative and creative working space in the centre of Manchester.

First Street, acquired by PATRIZIA in May 2015, has already become an attractive destination for residents of Manchester through its  extensive retail and leisure offer, with tenants including leading Manchester-born operators The Liquor Store and The Dockyard, as well as the Indian Tiffin Room, Sainsbury’s, Q-Park, Starbucks, INNSIDE Hotel and the cultural arts venue HOME. In addition to this leisure offer, First Street is also home to a number of office tenants including Auto Trader, Ford Credit Europe, Jacobs and Amaze, and in June 2016 received planning permission from Manchester City Council for the development of 624 Build to Rent units.

GMPVF is a £500m property development fund for the north west of England. It forms part of the GM Pension Fund, the largest local authority Pension Fund in England, with assets in excess of £18 bn.

James Muir, Managing Director of PATRIZIA UK and Ireland, said: “Now that No8 has reached the highest point in its build programme you can really see now how impressive this building is going to be. First Street is already one of the prime office locations in the City with No1 home to an impressive line-up of high profile companies including AutoTrader, Ford Credit Bank, Jacobs Engineering and Amaze, which together employ over 2000 people.  However combined with the leisure and forthcoming residential offer, it is now a confirmed destination within the city of Manchester.”

Councillor Susan Quinn added: “GMPVF has a long history of investing in developments in Greater Manchester to achieve its twin aims of commercial returns for the Pension Fund and positive impact in the area; we are delighted to be working with PATRIZIA on this prestigious development which follows on from our success at 1 St Peter’s Square.”

John Hughes Managing Director of AREL also added: “No8 continues to attract attention from companies looking to move into the city centre from outlying areas, bringing with them valuable staff members and recruiting new talent from a wider local employment pool.  The location of First Street and its exceptional connectivity to the region’s transport networks makes it an extremely attractive proposition for larger firms which want to give their staff the benefits of working in the heart of the City whilst having an easy commute and access to a wide range of top class amenity.”

Savills and Bilfinger GVA are instructed as joint agents on the scheme.

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