Enhancing communities
Improving The Environment
Working Together

Project Description

This is a substantial mixed-use development in the Smithfield area of Manchester at the northern end of Shudehill.  Before Muse entered into a development agreement with Manchester City Council, this part of the city was widely regarded as a ‘no go’ area.

Today, an architectural blend of old and new, enhanced by using different architects for each of the phases of the scheme, has helped the neighbourhood develop a personality very much its own.

The award winning first phase comprised the refurbishment of the former historic fishmarket walls and the regeneration of a Grade One listed building to create a large public courtyard framed by new and old buildings.  It was completed in 2003.

Phase 2 completed in 2004 and includes retail and Class A2 space as well as affordable housing (delivered through Riverside Housing).

The third phase, Icon 25 (a residential element with 75 integrated car parking spaces) was completed in 2006, bringing to completion some 300,000 sq ft of residential and commercial space. 

Two hotels - a 230 bedroom Crowne Plaza (2008) and a 192 bedroom Holiday Inn Express (2011) – formed the fourth and fifth phases respectively.

The sixth phase, One Smithfield Square, delivered new apartments and commercial space, while the final phase (completed in 2016) involved the refurbishment of the listed ‘Mackie Mayor’ building as a second venue for Market Operations - bringing a range of independent food operators into the city centre.

Responsible business

Improving The Environment

Improving The Environment

Northern Quarter retains all the charm, character and heritage of the area while blending in new and complementary building developments for businesses and residents alike.
Enhancing communities

Enhancing communities

Situated a mere five minute walk from the city centre, Northern Quarter is a place of creativity: music, art, design and craft - all flourishing within this compact network of intriguing streets.
Working Together With Our Supply Chain

Working Together With Our Supply Chain

The scheme's mixed-use approach has attracted many new businesses and residents to the Northern Quarter and continues to act as a catalyst for further investment.


One Smithfield Square, Apartment Building

The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015

Mixed Use Scheme of the Year

Regeneration & Renewal 2011

Best Neighbourhood in Britain

The Academy of Urbanism 2010