Considered by many the UK’s ‘second city’, over the past decade Manchester has flourished into a vibrant, culturally-rich metropolis of coworking spaces, bars, restaurants and hotels – with a creaking at the joints pipeline too. For visitors and natives alike, there’s much to discover.
Jolie has used its expertise in sensory-led interior design to create Kitten, an Instagram-worthy Japanese Izakaya and cocktail bar in central Manchester. Echoing the grandeur of the 200-metre-high skyscraper in which it sits, the cavernous interior of Kitten features an impactful triple height entryway, with huge archways on the wall behind the central bar offering a cathedral-like experience.
Where: 9 Deansgate, Owen Street, Manchester M15 4YB
Located in one of Manchester’s iconic Victorian redbrick buildings, Ducie Street Warehouse’s industrial heritage is celebrated in cast-iron columns and plenty of exposed brickwork. Brought to life by Loren Daye and Archer Humphryes Architects, the community-led space transitions seamlessly from day to night – from a coworking and brunch spot to cocktail bar, mini cinema and an 80-seat restaurant.
Where: Ducie St Warehouse, Manchester M1 2TP
New Century revives a forgotten part of Manchester’s cultural heritage, opening in 2022 after a thoughtful restoration and reimagining by Sheppard Robson and Sheila Bird Studio. Once host the stars of 1960s pop culture, the Grade II listed modernist building lay dormant for decades – now home to a live music venue and bustling multi-kitchen restaurant, complete with mid-century-cool furniture and accessories.
The reimagining of a 16-storey office block has introduced a number of quality new workspaces, amenities and technology that have all been designed to improve workplace wellbeing and boost productivity for Bloc’s diverse community of businesses. A focus on biophilia and sustainability has also been included through the installation of an innovative, two-storey living wall that provides oxygen and helps reduce noise levels and a blue/green roof that reduces the discharge of rainwater and features wildflowers to support biodiversity and provide an additional thermal barrier. Read more
What: office space, coworking, meeting rooms, on-site café, day pass
Where: Marble St, Manchester M2 3AW
Linley House offers a mix of private offices and event spaces, as well as a club lounge and dedicated desk memberships. A former electrical station that powered the entire city, Clockwise Manchester’s design boasts the building’s heritage and a retro colour palette to represent the decade the building was constructed in. Designed by Hawkins\Brown and Fairhursts Design Group, chosen finishes include original style terrazzo features, glazed tiles, 60s style pattern and upholstery fabrics, retro light fittings, dark walnut timbers, and anodised metals which all reflect the era of the building. Read more
What: dedicated desks, office space, coworking, onsite cafe
Where: Linley House, Dickinson St, Manchester M1 4LF
Spread across eight floors in a former Victorian cotton warehouse located close to Manchester Piccadilly Station and Northern Quarter, Native is an aparthotel with 166 apartments including eight penthouse apartments with private outdoor terraces. In the UK’s largest aparthotel offering, guests can choose between studios and one-to-two-bedroom units that sit next to and above an all-day bistro, coworking space, cocktail bar, barber and flower shop on a double-height ground floor. Inside, the property has retained its original wide cast-iron columns and exposed brickwork, contrasted with blues and reds to nod to the building’s industrial past.
Where: Ducie St Warehouse, Manchester M1 2TP
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The Alan’s six storeys are contained within a stately Grade II* listed building. Echoing Manchester’s industrial sensibility, many of the building’s existing materials and features have been carefully uncovered to reveal its past, while also refreshed to create new focal points. The dramatic lobby floor is made from a collage of fragmented and discarded marble pieces and exposed brick walls and double height ceilings are found throughout.
Alongside the sleeping quarters, the Red Deer-designed property features Situ, their 220-standing events area, a bar, coworking space and open-plan kitchen led by the acclaimed chef, James Hulme – famous for his cult confit chips. Read more
Where: 18 Princess St, Manchester M1 4LG
Looking at Manchester’s Victorian era for inspiration, New York-based practice Grzywinski + Pons overhauled three former cotton mills next to the city’s Rochdale Canal and turned them into Whitworth Locke, a 160-bed hotel featuring a coworking space, bar and café.
Removing the 1980s thoroughfare that once divided the place, Grzywinski + Pons implemented an opulent glass atrium to connect the buildings, made up of simple iron framework. Directly underneath lies pop-up bar and lounge space The Conservatory, with greenery winding down over a sunshine-yellow drinks counter and potted plants dotted throughout its seating areas; an ideal setting to host the venue’s lengthy events calendar.
Where: 74 Princess St, Manchester M1 6JD
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