First Street Manchester Masterplan  Ask Developments / Manchester City Council

First Street is an ambitious regeneration project in the centre of Manchester at the intersection of its creative and knowledge corridors. We designed the masterplan of the 20 acre site, which has been formally adopted by Manchester City Council as a Strategic Regeneration Framework. The project is a vital part of Manchester’s economic development and envelopes the critically acclaimed HOME arts centre by Mecanoo and Tony Wilson Place, which honours the Manchester music legend and founder of the Hacienda night club which was opposite the site.

The new neighbourhood includes more than 800 homes in First Street South and 2 million sq feet of workplace buildings within First Street Central. We are responsible for the design of several offices across the site including the first 250,000 sq ft building, #8 First Street (see page 122). Much of the workspace across the site has been let to international companies including Autotrader, Jacobs, Ford Credit, and Gazprom.
Our vision was to move the centre of gravity of the city, reinstating street grids and creating pedestrian and bicycle routes through the site. With these new transport and bicycle facilities, First Street is linked directly to Manchester’s rail termini at Piccadilly and nearby Oxford Road, which for the latter the practice has also completed a masterplan. First Street also has direct connections to the Mancunian Way and the motorway network, and Manchester airport via the city’s tram system.

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