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New Cathedral Street


Location Client Cost Completion
Manchester Prudential Ltd. £30.5m 2003

Project details

Retail-led mixed use development in central Manchester.

Masterplanned by BDP the New Cathedral Street project is a coherent city block with three distinct elements: a 8,800 sq m (95,000 sq ft) prestigious Harvey Nichols department store, 18,800 sq m (202,000 sq ft) of retail units (10 individual shops including restaurants and a high rise residential development located in the south west corner of the site. The project completes the transformation of the former Shambles West area in the city centre.

New Cathedral Street represents one of the first UK retail led regeneration projects addressing the urban agenda of providing shopping in an open street environment with a high quality public realm.

Peter Coleman BDP head of retail


  • mixed use development
  • new retail mix
  • an entire city block
  • helping to transform Manchester city centre


  • the scheme completes the Manchester city centre bomb damage regeneration
  • the principal façade on New Cathedral Street follows the gentle curve of the new street forming a natural amphitheatre of retailing
  • its design successfully integrates with the city’s regeneration plan which includes the adjacent Marks & Spencer store (also designed by BDP), Corn Exchange retail development and Exchange Square redevelopment