Projects / First Street North

First Street North

A new cultural, business and leisure quarter comprising a 4* hotel, a car park, retail and leisure space. A new purpose built centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books will also be created to house the recently merged Cornerhouse and Library Theatre Company.  

The Vision

To create a vibrant and sustainable, cultural and business quarter of the highest quality, ensuring a careful balance between technology and simplicity, and adopting a smart design of buildings and places.

Our Role

As strategic project manager responsible to the JV board, our role is to coordinate the delivery of the masterplan by leading the project from a strategic level and to bring together the constituent parts into a single cohesive project. We are coordinating the respective delivery teams to promote efficient working and to achieve savings through shared activities. A key part of our role is developing the contractor interface agreement.

The site is divided into phases: First Street North comprises the Greater Manchester Arts Centre which will be the new home for the recently merged Cornerhouse and Library Theatre Company, a 4* hotel, a car park, 30,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space and associated public realm.  The Council is responsible for delivering the arts centre, and ASK is responsible for delivering the rest of the scheme.

Key Information

ASK Developments / Manchester City Council
270,000 sq ft (site)
ASK Developments - Ian Simpson Architects. MCC - Mecanoo
Project Manager:
ASK Developments - Crystal. Manchester City Council - Mace
Strategic Project Manager:
Buro Four
Quantity Surveyor:
ASK Developments - Sweett Group. Manchester City Council - Davis Langdon
Structural Engineer:
ASK Developments - Capita. Manchester City Council - Buro Happold
M&E Engineer:
ASK Developments - Cundall. Manchester City Council - Buro Happold

Special Mention

Manchester has a network of four lost rivers which are ‘lost’ as they now run underground, First Street has two of them running beneath the site.