Allied unveils Avenue North

Allied London has completed the latest 100,000 sq ft of its Spinningfields development in central Manchester, a mix of offices, retail and leisure.

Oast House SpinningfieldsThe former Manchester House contains 50,000 sq ft of refurbished offices over 10 floors, called Tower 12, above 10 retail and leisure units, none currently let, named the Avenue North. Opening next week in the square next-door is the Oast House, billed as a 'New World pub' and operated by Living Ventures, which already has the Alchemist and Australasia bar restaurants in Spinningfields.

Michael Ingall, chief executive of Allied London, said: "We are one of very few developers prepared to start development at the current time and we continue to have full confidence in our Spinningfields development and its continuing evolution. This current phase is all about working to create a place and destination that will benefit Manchester."

The new area will be host in November to a "pop-up fashion village" of stalls outside the Oast House. Ingall said the Avenue North, designed by Sheppard Robson, will act as a gateway from Bridge Street and King Street into Spinningfields. The Avenue North will link into the Avenue, already completed, anchored by Emporio Armani and Flannels, alongside Calvin Klein, Oliver Sweeney, Mulberry, Prada, Gucci, Lanvin, Matthew Williamson, Kurt Geiger, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, LK Bennett, Flannels, Brooks Brothers, All Saints, Phillip Stoner and Ted Baker Pashion. DKNY Menswear will open this autumn.

The Oast House, designed by Paul Danson Imagineering, is Allied's attempt to add more grain and texture to Spinningfields, often criticised for its hard glass and stone finish. The Oast House uses an old tin roof, limestone pointing and red brick exterior and has "an eclectic interior with a mix of antique and reclaimed furniture sourced from all over the world".

Spinningfields is valued at £1.5bn and comprises 4.6m sq ft of mixed-use development.

Office agent on Tower 12 is OBI Property. Retail agents are Andrea George at Tushingham Moore and Nigel Gillingham at Bruce Gillingham Pollard.

Your Comments

Read our comments policy here

Not sure about this, probably best knocking the old building down and building something new and a bit cleaner. The pop up fashion village they did in accrington didn’t catch on but good to see people having a go.

By Brian

think you may have missed the point there Brian, the Oast house is a new build made to look old. No disrespect to Accrington but one would sincerely hope any pop up retail would do better in the heart of the regions largest commercial district in the run up to christmas than in the centre of a provincial mill town – otherwise we are all ******

By boy wonder

Brian, Brian, not sure you can compare city centre manchester to accrington!

By cj

Goodness me, that’s worse! Why build something that looks old? It’s a nonsense. I take the point regarding accrington but it is just off the M65, very handy, and they had a range of top brands that were very cheap.

By Brian

So its like a quirky chain pub then like an ember inn? Not a fan of chain pubs. What next a harvester or a Toby. Im with Brian on this one. I dont think your being fair on Accrington by the way and the market there is very good have you ever been?

By Pauline

Accrington and Manchester both have comedy accents – theres a comparable

By Julian

It gets worse by the minute. A pub that’s built to look old and rubbish, next to a pop-up fashion village in the middle of some nice buildings, nowhere near a motorway junction…. The worlds gone mad..

By Brian

lets burn the lot down and move to accrington. gimme six

By cityboy