Sadler’s Yard Opens

Sadler’s Yard, a new public place at the heart of the NOMA masterplan, officially opened today; an important milestone in Hermes and The Co-operative Group’s ambitious regeneration plans.

 Cramped back streets and a hidden corner of Manchester city centre have been totally transformed to create a new public space. Dropping a building has opened up the area and wider city links to form a gateway through NOMA. Sadler’s Yard sits at the core of the new neighbourhood, surrounded by a range of heritage buildings that are currently being restored. Reducing ground levels by some 3m has enabled active frontages to be introduced to the bases of these traditional facades.

These historic buildings are a vital part of the Co-operative’s legacy within Manchester and have informed the area’s past and future story. Craftsmanship and detailing within the square draws on the estate’s architectural heritage in anticipation of the forthcoming creative communities that will be attracted to this district.

The design of Sadler’s Yard invokes the civic confidence of financial and trading organisations that were historically located in this area. Warm and contrasting tones of diamond-shaped inlaid stone paving emulate the opulence of marble floors found in old banks, and the NOMA logo draws inspiration from a traditional bank safe.

Intricate patterning is embedded throughout Sadler’s Yard. Motifs from the surrounding building facades have been reinterpreted within the signage, street furniture and gobo lighting. Beautiful materials, craftsmanship and dedicated attention to detail throughout the scheme combine to create a unique and special character to this new public square.

The square was delivered by NOMA and Manchester City Council and was supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Planit was the lead Consultant from inception to completion. We designed bespoke street furniture and lighting totems with architectural and sculptural metalworker Chris Brammall. Hardscape supplied striking stonework and paving, whilst the Sadler’s Yard brand was created in collaboration with United Creatives. The works were constructed by The Casey Group.