Manchester Gin has moved forward with plans for a 5,300 sq ft space in six of the grade two-listed railway arches underneath the Manchester Central convention complex later this year.
Working with Up North Architects and planner Euan Kellie Property Solutions, the company, which was founded in 2013, is planning 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.
Three of the six arches along Watson Street will have floor-to-ceiling glass windows installed to provide the public with a view of the working distillery, while a bar, tasting area, and restaurant will also be opened. Manchester Gin currently operates out of a site on Temperance Street.
Shaun Hinds, chief executive of Manchester Central, said “Since joining the business 18 months ago, I’ve been looking for the right opportunity to activate our arches and reinvigorate this part of the venue.
“In getting to know Seb and Jen from Manchester Gin, I have been impressed with their vision for their business which in many ways matches the ambition of Manchester Central and the city as a whole. As an iconic feature of the city ourselves, I knew early on that this development would create a unique destination within the realm of our venue for both Manchester residents and visitors alike. We’re delighted to be part of the next chapter for this tremendous local business.”
GVA acted on behalf of Manchester Central.