Manchester Goods Yard 

Manchester Goods Yard will be a cluster for forward-thinking companies. Flexible and inherently collaborative, its structural DNA - a series of interlacing buildings linked by bridges - is designed to encourage the sharing of ideas, imitating a collegiate concept

Michael Ingall, Chief Executive, Allied London

Client  Allied London
Location  Manchester


  • RIBA stages 1-3
  • Architectural design
  • Masterplanning

We have taken inspiration from neighbourhoods in New York, such as the Meatpacking district, utilising steel framed ‘Crittal’ style windows, black patinated brass metalwork, first floor canopies to encourage a more lively, animated and useable ground floor, loft style apartments on the roof and the use of raw exposed concrete both internally and externally.

Manchester Goods Yard takes the very best aspects of our XYZ building in Spinningfields and adds a more raw, industrial edge to it.

The Goods Yard, formerly Central Village, is located at the heart of the new St John’s Quarter masterplan by Allied London. This 475,000 sqft development consists of basement car parking, ground floor retail and leisure, commercial space on the upper floors and live/work duplex apartments on the roof surrounded by green terraces overlooking St John’s.

Envisaged as a new neighbourhood for enterprise, culture and living, it is to be a place that distinguishes itself by its unique cultural history, diverse mix of inhabitants, rich context and its position at the crossroads of a network which includes high rise towers, a new residential development called South Village, a new hotel in the Old Granada Studios, refurbished mixed use bonded warehouse and a new arts venue – the Factory.

Split into 4 distinct blocks, they are linked together at different levels to create dynamic volumes within the building and allow subdivision of floor plates. Terraces throughout the building allow access to external amenity space and encourages collaboration.