SJ8499 : Manchester's Co-Op Quarter

taken 6 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Manchester's Co-Op Quarter
Manchester's Co-Op Quarter
A view from the car park of the Manchester Arena, over Scotland Bridge, towards Miller Street and the "Co-Op Quarter".

The Co-operative Group has its headquarters in an eight-building complex on the north side of Manchester city centre near to Victoria station. The complex includes three tower blocks; New Century House, nearest the camera at the junction of Corporation Street and Miller Street, and SJ8498 : The CIS Tower, further up Miller Street. The third tower, SJ8499 : One, Angel Square which was completed in 2012, is to the left of Miller Street, partly hidden by Parker's Hotel.

Both New Century House and the CIS Tower, are Grade II listed buildings. The tower was designed as a prestige headquarters to showcase the Co-operative movement in Manchester. Construction began in 1959 and the tower was completed in 1962 becoming the first building in Manchester taller than the Town Hall Tower. At 387 feet (118 m) in height, the CIS Tower overtook the Shell Centre as the tallest building in the United Kingdom, a title it retained for a year until it was replaced by the Millbank Tower in London. In 2006 the Beetham Tower became the tallest building in Manchester. New Century House, also completed in 1962, is considerably shorter at only (!) 50 metres in height.

LinkExternal link English Heritage listing for New Century House
LinkExternal link English Heritage Listing for CIS Tower

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One, Angel Square
One Angel Square is the twenty first century landmark building, in Manchester, which serves as the head office of the Co-operative Group. Construction of One Angel Square was originally scheduled for completion in September 2012 however opening was postponed until 2013 due to delays.

The building is the first phase of 53° NOMA an £800 million mixed-use redevelopment project focusing on revitalising an area of 22 acres to the north of Manchester city centre; an area which has not undergone the large scale redevelopment seen in other central areas of the city.

The branding 53° NOMA was chosen because 53° is the latitude co-ordinate for the area. NOMA is thought to have been chosen as an acronym for NO(rth) MA(nchester) although that has not been confirmed.

LinkExternal link 53° NOMA website
LinkExternal link “The Fabric of a Better Society” (Co-operative group NOMA brochure)
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Date Taken
Thursday, 22 August, 2013   (more nearby)
Friday, 23 August, 2013
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 842 990 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.2591N 2:14.3752W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 840 991
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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