Bam hands over Spinningfields Pavilion to The Ivy

Allied London’s The Pavilion, central Manchester’s largest timber-framed building, has reached practical completion, allowing a team from The Ivy to start fit-out on the restaurant and bar ahead of occupation in the summer.

Main contractor Bam, alongside architect Sheppard Robson, has completed work on the building, which is due to include three floors of restaurant, bar, club, and dining space.

This includes dining space on the ground floor, a bar and club on the second floor, and a roof terrace with a bar and space for al-fresco dining. Fit-out works are expected to take around five months, giving the restaurant a potential opening date of mid-to-late summer.

Construction of the building cost around £5m.

There will also be an outdoor terrace to the building’s frontage facing Hardman Square, which is also due to be developed with additional public realm. In a scheme named The Field, contractor Bam will again work with Allied London to deliver green space and two retail units; one of 950 sq ft and another of 215 sq ft.

Neal Allen-Burt, partner at Sheppard Robson, said: “The client has been brave and committed to quality, pushing the boundaries of timber construction. We wanted the building to have a real freshness about it, so it spoke of the development’s ambition and Manchester’s spirit of innovation.”

Chris Reay, group property director at Allied London, added: “We’re excited about what this building will bring to Spinningfields and Manchester, as the city continues to grow and seek better leisure experiences.

“This confirms Spinningfields as the prime retail and leisure destination in Manchester city centre, as well as a hub for professional workers and businesses”.

Timber frames for the project were provided by subcontractor BK Structures. The professional team also includes DSA Engineering, Engenuiti, Layer, Olsson Fire & Risk, ROC Consulting, Sandy Brown, Vectos, and Deloitte as planner.

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