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First Street

First Street offers a unique, sustainable, place to gather, work and live in a city centre location.
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As part of the redevelopment of the Gaythorn Gas Works site, First Street has successfully managed to create a new thriving neighbourhood in Manchester. The development continues to seamlessly integrate cultural spaces with commercial offices, retail spaces, a hotel and multi-storey car park.

Cundall has provided multidisciplinary engineering services spanning several years and multiple buildings including, the Innside by Melia 4* hotel, Q-Park MSCP and No.8 First Street. Cundall’s involvement continues today with the design of further Grade A office space. Sustainability and occupant wellbeing are at the top of the agenda and driving the design of the current commercial buildings.

Richard Smith, Associate commented "For over 10 years Cundall has and will continue to be involved in the First Street development. Various Cundall disciplines have been involved in different buildings and phases of works to help deliver schemes that recognise the importance of creating a culture of sustainability in occupation. The development encourages co-operation and focuses on the next generation of buildings."

Key fact

The site dates back to 1825 when it was home to the Gaythorn Gas Works.


Key fact

Development of what is now First Street started with the refurbishment of the British Council offices.


It has been great to be involved in the transformation of a former industrial site and see the masterplan come to fruition.

First Street, a unique, sustainable, place to gather, work and live in a city centre location.

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