A ground floor office at the 55,700 sq ft building in Manchester is to be converted into a Scandinavian-style café and bar run by Beatnikz Republic Brewing Company, after a successful application by the landlord Aviva Investors.
The 2,100 sq ft unit, most recently occupied by recruitment firm Brook Street – which relocated to Building 8 at Exchange Quay – will be redesigned to provide a home for Beatnikz Republic’s Lättsam café concept.
Lättsam, founded last year, is run by Paul Greentham, the founder of Beatnikz Republic Brewing Company, which is based in Cheetham Hill in Manchester.
Beatnikz Republic also operates a bar in Dale House in the Northern Quarter.
Lättsam on Spring Gardens will have capacity for 130 customers, under the plans, and feature a 10-metre long bar. A restaurant will serve food throughout the day.
Manchester-based architect Up North Architects is redesigning the unit.
The unit had been marketed for the last 12 months as an office but there was no lettings interest from potential tenants, according to planning consultant NJL Consulting.
Asset manager Aviva Investors bought the building from CBRE Global Investors in August 2017 for an undisclosed sum.
Sixteen is the agent for 55 Spring Gardens.