New Century Kitchen bar Federated Hermes p Siobhan Hanley Communications

The main bar area at New Century Kitchen, which opened on 26 August. Credit: via Siobhan Hanley Communications

GALLERY | New Century food hall opens in Manchester

Visitors will have to wait until 21 September for the live music and events space at the grade two-listed building to open, but in the meantime, they can munch on a variety of food offerings.

New Century Kitchen sits off Hanover Street in Manchester’s NOMA district and opened to the public on Friday.

The 10,000 sq ft space is home to six traders: The Butty Shop, Zumuku Sushi, pizza concept Wild by Ply, sustainably-sourced beef restaurant Tallow, plant-based Asian eatery Banh Vi, and deluxe bao vendors BaoBros23.

New Century Kitchen’s interior was designed by Sheila Bird Studio. The assignment was a dream come true for Sheila Bird founder Atul Bansal.

“I stumbled across this building 10 years ago and had to get inside this space that had been locked away for so many years,” Bansal said.

“I spent seven years trying to find people who would help me reignite the building’s soul, and now the building is alive and beating.

“Interior isn’t about designing something, it’s about giving something a purpose and I am so excited to have helped New Century to be reborn.”

Sheppard Robson designed Federated Hermes’ redevelopment of New Century Hall, a 1960s Manchester music venue that had once hosted performances by The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and The Bee Gees. Russell WBHO was the main contractor for the project.

New Century Kitchen is located on the ground floor of New Century. The basement of the building will be the DBs Institute, which offers training in sound and digital technology. The DBs Institute opens on 12 September.

Above the food hall will be the live music and events space, which will have a capacity of more than 800 people. The first few acts to perform at the venue will be John Cooper Clarke, Sunset Rollercoaster, and The Charlatans.

Click on any image to launch gallery. Images provided by Siobhan Hanley Communications unless otherwise indicated.

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It will do well here and it looks fantastic in person.

By 1981

I hope this place does well, visited the kitchen on the weekend and the food was poor for the price charged.

By Anonymous

Great for us at Workspace Design and Build Ltd to deliver this for Shelia Bird and the wider Team.

By David Barfield

Actually, the John Cooper Clark pre-view show in the New Century Music Space, kicks off the opening on 20th September. I have bought a ticket!

By Phil

An amazing space that Manchester has been crying out for, well done to all involved especially Shelia Bird and Workspace Design & Build!

By Claire Leaman

This is just what this area needs, as eventually with Victoria North, and other schemes there will be 50.000 people living within walking distance of the CIS. They could do with creating a high street North of the Marble Arch pub on Rochdale Road, making a sustainable community.

By Elephant

We all wish them well,I’m sure, but it couldn’t have opened at a worse time for everyone here and around the World, economically. Let’s hope their pockets are deep enough to be able to weather the storms!

By Hector Splunge

We had a meal there at the week-end. The food was grand and a fair price.

By James Yates

Went on Friday. it’s a nice space. Missed opportunity to get a local brewery on board for the bar, even if Sadler’s Cat is next door. Very funny that Adam Reid is charging £10 for a Ham Salad sandwich at his butty shop

By Disgruntled Goat

It has been an absolute pleasure to deliver this project! Make sure you check it out.

By Workspace Design and Build

a nice mix of food vendors – and really nice finish and environment

By yes

Visited at the weekend, what a brilliant place, such an asset for Manchester.

By Digbuth O'Hooligan

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