Cotton Field Wharf

Cask and Pollen Bakery take Ancoats units

Manchester Life has signed up two new businesses to commercial units at its Cotton Field Wharf scheme in Ancoats, with beer bar Cask set to open its second site in the city in the spring.

Cask opened as an independent craft beer and ale bar in Castlefield in 2003, and is now expanding to take around 2,600 sq ft of space alongside the Ashton canal.

Pollen Bakery has been active since September 2016 when it opened its first site in the railway arches behind Piccadilly Station. It will take around 1,500 sq ft of space and relocate from its current home to Cotton Field Wharf.

Cask is due to open in spring 2018, and Pollen Bakery will open later in the year.

The operators join other businesses signed up in the area, including Sugo Pasta Kitchen, The Jane Eyre Neighbourhood Bar, and the Hip Hop Chip Shop, which are all due to open in Manchester Life developments in Ancoats this year.

Sugo has a restaurant in Altrincham and will open its second venue at Sawmill Court, a 158-apartment scheme being built by Eric Wright.

Manchester Life is also understood to be in negotiations with a number of other occupiers for units across its development pipeline. In total, it has 16 units either being built or at the planning stage.

Marty Edelman, executive chairman of Manchester Life Development Company, said: “Cask and Pollen Bakery represent the best of Manchester’s thriving food and drink scene, and are amazing additions to Ancoats.

“As major residential developers, we are working hard to ensure that everything we do is right for the community. Providing spaces for local businesses is central to our mission to help Ancoats become a vibrant and homely place to live or visit in the city centre.”

Cotton Field Wharf was completed in October 2017 and was built by contractor John Sisk. In total, it includes 302 apartments, a gym, and communal terraces.

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Although the Manchester Life schemes have been a mixed bag in terms of design, with some shockers, I have to give them credit for getting up and coming local food and drink occupiers in their units

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