First Street North

Location Manchester, United Kingdom
Services Building services engineering and lighting design
Sector Mixed-use (lifestyle, retail and workplace)
Client ASK Property Developments
Architect Chapman Taylr
Imagery © Ask Developments

Paul Kenyon

T +44 (0)161 244 5660

First Street represents one of Manchester’s most important sustainable and regeneration opportunities. It is set to become the city’s most vibrant new neighbourhood, with a compelling blend of culture, leisure, retail and office space.

First Street North is located between Number One First Street and the railway arches on Whitmore Street West.

The vision for creating a sustainable destination includes:

  • Achievement of BREEAM ‘Excellent’ as a minimum for each building.
  • Recognition of the importance in creating a culture of sustainability in occupation encouraging co-operation, engagement and the development of a community focused on reducing carbon.
  • Equal focus on the delivery of efficient and sustainable buildings and the management of the buildings and estate thereafter.
  • Mitigation of embodied carbon through collaborations with Planet Positive and Cool Earth providing investment into the protection of rainforests and their local communities together with education projects.


Cundall is working on four buildings as part of this development, including a £12m 11-storey, 208 bedroom hotel for Meliá Hotels, that will include restaurant, conference and leisure facilities.

The site will also include the new home for the Cornerhouse and Library Theatre Company, comprising cinemas, galleries, cafe and a retail outlet.

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Cundall's engineering consultancy services cover the entire life cycle of any building project. Clients find our ‘total solutions’ approach saves them time, money and effort.

We will add value to your project by opening our minds, exchanging ideas and thinking creatively.


Cundall's expertise extends to all major markets, so we have a deep understanding of the specific issues, constraints and opportunities facing our clients' market sectors.

Our team of creative engineers draw on our accumulated knowledge to devise the best possible solutions for your project in a fully integrated and cost-effective way.

About us

Established in the UK 40 years ago, Cundall has developed into an international multi-disciplinary consultancy operating from over 20 locations across the globe.