First Street Leisure

Manchester City Centre


A culture-led regeneration phase of development – a “game changer” for First Street.


To ensure that First Street established the amenities, destination characteristics and sense of place critical to attracting further businesses to the estate.


This phase created a new cultural and leisure destination for the city, the centrepiece of which is HOME.  Attracting over 700,000 visitors every year, this footfall driver offers two theatres, five cinema screens, galleries, café bar and restaurant.  Complementing this is the INNSIDE Hotel and nine retail/leisure units occupied by a range of operators including Sainsbury’s, Pizza Express, WOOD, Indian Tiffin Room, Starbucks, Gas Works, Bunny Jacksons, Vertigo and Junkyard Golf.  The creation of Tony Wilson Place is a significant new outdoor performance and events space.

We created:

  • HOME
  • 4 * INNSIDE Hotel
  • 9 retail and leisure units
  • Tony Wilson Place, a new public square
  • VITA Student
Manchester City Centre
500,000 sq ft
Manchester City Council
Completion Date
Development Manager
Project Manager
First Street Leisure
First Street Leisure
First Street Leisure
First Street Leisure
First Street Leisure
First Street Leisure
First Street Leisure
First Street Leisure
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“What HOME has done is ensure that the next generation has a facility in which they can express themselves.”
Danny Boyle
Film Director and HOME Patron

Project Updates

October 7, 2021

The Fire Garden

Presented by Walk the Plank and part of the Oxford Road Corridor of Light, Ask is delighted to partner with HOME on bringing The Fire Garden to First Street.

This outdoor family experience will encourage visitors to wander through a series of immersive fiery installations and see sculptural scenes of flames and foliage cast a golden glow around the specially adapted former Homeground site along the Oxford Road Corridor.

The free event runs on 22 and 23 October from 6pm-10pm.


September 22, 2021

Manchester Oktoberfest at First Street

Kicking off autumn here at First Street is Oktoberfest which is launching on 8 and 9 October then again running from 13-17 October on the former Homeground land.  There are a number of different packages available and tickets for the event are highly sought-after so for details of how you can grab yours head to


September 2, 2021

A summer of festivals at First Street

A busy summer of events on the Homeground pop-up venue drew to a close at the weekend with the live music extravaganza, MCR Pride Live.

The event was part of the wider Manchester Pride Weekend celebrations and proved a smash hit with 10,000 revellers who packed the venue to watch stars including Zara Larsson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Gabrielle perform.

The musical festival followed a successful summer for HOME’s pop-up outdoor initiative that saw people able to come together safely and enjoy a range of arts and cultural events across the summer months.

May 26, 2021

Manchester Flower Show comes to First Street

We well as our recent announcements about Homeground and the Summer of Sport here at First Street, we are also delighted to be taking part in this year’s Manchester Flower Show. The estate will be in full bloom with a range of magnificent floral installations, created by Idverde and City Blooms. Working in collaboration with local brands such as The Veg Box People and Too Good To Go, Tony Wilson Place will be filled with sustainable activations for all to enjoy. First Street Bar and Kitchen will also be serving floral themed cocktails from their very own VW campervan, so make sure you head over to enjoy some alfresco drinks alongside an array of amazing operators and of course, Homeground.

April 19, 2021

Bringing Homeground to First Street

We are delighted to be partnering HOME as they announce Homeground – a brand-new temporary outdoor venue at First Street offering the best in live entertainment across two stages. Built on our future development plots, Homeground will feature a 400-seat socially distanced outdoor theatre, and second stage with free live performance, as well as a local independent food and drink offer.

Productions of a Midsummer Night’s Dream and Alice in Wonderland have already been announced with further shows to be released in the coming weeks and months.
The project will create 450 new employment opportunities for freelance artists and creative practitioners, supporting the freelance economy which has been so badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Homeground opens on Friday, 28 May and will run throughout the summer.

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