Manchester residents to name new city square

16 July 2015

Residents of Manchester are being invited to name the new public square taking shape in the NOMA neighbourhood.

The new development will create a public area between the iconic CIS Tower, New Century House and Hanover near Victoria Station, ultimately providing a safe and welcoming space that will over time create a mix of cafés, restaurants, bars and shops nestled amongst the characterful buildings that form the NOMA listed estate. 

The new public square

The square will be officially opened in October 2015, and the developers are asking for suggestions to be submitted by 28 July.  Shortlisted names will then be submitted to an expert panel, who will consider each of the entries for their originality and rationale.  The favourite suggestions will be rewarded with an afternoon tea and ‘bubbles’ for two at Teacup Kitchen in the Northern Quarter.

David Pringle, at NOMA, said:

“This is a great opportunity for the local community to play a real part in creating the latest piece of Manchester’s history.  4,000 postcards are being delivered to homes and businesses in and around NOMA encouraging them to get involved, and we really hope to get a great response.  NOMA is an area with a rich and vibrant heritage, and we want the people who live, work and enjoy themselves here to become a part of its future.”

Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester City Council’s city centre spokesperson who is on the expert panel, said:

“The city centre wasn’t gifted a huge amount of open space by the Victorians during the rapid expansion of the industrial revolution – so it’s always with great celebration when a new public square is unveiled. To have your say on the naming of the new NOMA space is to be part of Manchester's history – and so I'm really looking forward to hearing what suggestions the public come up with."

How to get involved

You can submit your ideas in a variety of ways: On Twitter it’s @NOMA_mcr #NameOurSquare ; on Facebook NOMAmcr #NameOurSquare ; submit via e-mail at or submit online .  Alternatively you can drop your suggestions in at the reception of 1 Angel Square.

The new city square is being delivered by NOMA and Manchester City Council and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund. It has been designed by Landscape Architects Planit-IE, and contractors Casey are on-site undertaking construction works.

Kevin Redhead, Principal Landscape Architect at Planit-IE, said: 

“When considering design options for the square we looked to the architectural heritage and detailing of the surrounding and listed buildings across the NOMA estate. This informed material choices, and contemporary reinterpretations of historic themes have inspired visual motifs for the street furniture and signage. We hope the square’s final name also balances past glories with future prospects; inventively borrowing from history to reflect the area’s new creative uses.”

About NOMA

NOMA is a 20 acre mixed-use, responsibly designed neighbourhood in Manchester’s city centre that puts people and community firmly at its heart.

NOMA is being delivered by a joint venture partnership between The Co-operative Group – The UK’s largest mutual business and a part of the NOMA estate for more than 160 years, and Hermes Investment Management – a multi-boutique investment management business owned by the largest corporate pension fund in the UK.

Together, the joint venture partnership will develop the buildings and land within NOMA to deliver new homes, offices, retail and leisure facilities and create new and enhanced public spaces in the centre of the city.

The NOMA second phase Public Realm project is part financed by the North West European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013.  The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit