First Street is rapidly becoming Manchester’s most vibrant new neighbourhood, providing a compelling blend of culture, leisure, retail and office space. This includes the 208-bed INNSIDE hotel, Vita’s 279-room luxury student accommodation, 700-space Q-Park, 180,000sq ft Number One office and Manchester’s new cultural venue, HOME. These combine to form the first phase of ASK Development’s £500m scheme, a new high quality destination within the city.

The development wraps around Tony Wilson Place at the heart of the scheme. This square provides a flexible performance platform for large events, bordered by elongated timber seating steps, whilst a series of lively streets link a genuinely public realm to surrounding areas.

Planit carried out the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for ASK Developments’s overall masterplan, with verified views and CGIs produced by our in-house team Virtual Planit. We developed detailed public realm designs for First Street North, prior to being novated to Carillion.

The successful completion of First Street North coincided with acquisition of the site by European Investor Patrizia. The new owner swiftly submitted a planning application for a further 219,600sq ft office, appointing Planit-IE as the Landscape Architect for the associated public realm and internal atria garden spaces.