Work to bring a gin distillery and visitor centre to a former office on Lloyd Street in Manchester is set to begin in the coming weeks, brought forward by the maker of London Dry Gin.
G&J Distillers is the developer behind the scheme, and the Warrington-based company will use the site for its Thomas Dakin Gin line.
The distillery, bar, and gin school will be based in Croxley House, which is owned by Epsilon Real Estate. A planning application was put forward by SSA Architects and planner GVA, now Avison Young, in April 2018, and was approved in July the same year.
Facilities will include a gin school, where visitors can create their own gin, and a small music venue with capacity for between 30 and 40 people; these will be spread over two floors, and office space is also proposed.
In updated planning documents, SSA said a start on site was “imminent” and was likely in May or June this year. The scheme sits roughly opposite the £200m St Michael’s scheme, being brought forward by ex-footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, Manchester City Council, and Singaporean funder Rowsley. Laing O’Rourke is on board as main contractor, with global architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill also involved.
G&J Distillers has been distilling London Dry Gin since 1761. From its bottling and logistics facility in Warrington, the company distils and bottles up to 70 million bottles of gin, vodka and other spirits each year.
Elsewhere in the city, Manchester Gin is bringing forward a distillery and bar in arches on Watson Street, opposite the Manchester Central Convention Complex. The company secured consent this month to convert the arches into a distillery, events space, bar, and a restaurant over more than 5,000 sq ft.
Part of the arches will be dedicated to a new 1,000-litre still which will allow the distillery to ramp up production and create around 30 new jobs.