Transformation of an industrial city centre location into a vibrant mixed-use development.
- Client: Merlin Morrison Ltd and Capital & Regional
- Significant urban regeneration project
- Retail and leisure design and planning
Leslie Jones Architecture was appointed to carry out a detailed masterplan to reinvent a heavily industrialised area of Manchester into a thriving retail and leisure destination for the city.
The project comprised a combination of new build and conversion, including the refurbishment of a Grade II Listed Warehouse, to create a mixed-use development featuring retail, leisure, dining and car parking.
Leslie Jones applied its regeneration expertise to convert the listed warehouse into a contemporary retail scheme, integrating a new 16 screen cinema and bowling alley. In order to address concerns over accessibility, a 500 space car park was created on the upper levels linked to the revitalised warehouse by a striking glazed corridor.
Additional Grade II Listed buildings on the edge of the scheme were converted to provide unique retail space, attractive to lifestyle and homeware retailers, which were further complemented by new restaurant space.
Creation of a vibrant public realm was central to the success of the development and a stunning amphitheatre space was conceived in front of the new Bar 38 building. This creates an inclusive and attractive space, drawing visitors in and encouraging them to dwell.
The creative combination of skilled regeneration and dynamic new build spaces by Leslie Jones has created a vibrant new social quarter for an already dynamic metropolis.