NWTC Plans announced To Transform Iconic Manchester Bar & Surround Area
August 16th, 2017
The Oast House in Spinningfields, which is part of award winning, The New World Trading Company, have announced that a long-term lease arrangement has been secured for both The Oast House and Crown Square, the public space immediately in front of The Oast House. The Oast House has been one of Manchester’s most popular out-door drinking and eating spots since opening in 2011.
The Oast House originally opened as a ‘pop-up’ pub six years ago, then became a permanent fixture of Spinningfields. Due to the temporary nature of the buildings creation, owners The New World Trading Company and Allied London have been working hard to secure agreement with Manchester City Council to keep the building, which as the name suggests, was developed in the form of a Kentish Oast House.
Planning has also been submitted for the permanent redevelopment of Crown Square which will see a dramatic change to how the space currently looks. Work is proposed to begin in January and the most striking change will be the removal of the famous white canopy to allow for sunshine to fill the terrace and a raised ‘Fire Pit’ will sit directly in front of the Oast House main building. The stage, which has hosted Spinfest and many more live gigs, will be re-positioned on the opposite side of where it currently is – moving from court side to being in front of Flannels, in-order to create even more al fresco space for customers to enjoy the sunshine.
Two permanent outdoor bars will be added, with additional customer toilets and heated canopies and the whole outside area will benefit from extensive landscaping throughout.
Chris Hill, CEO for NWTC said: “The Oast House has established itself as a firm favourite in Manchester for al fresco dining and drinking, and we feel now is the perfect time to give the courtyard a makeover as well as maximising it’s usage for sunshine, entertainment and outside bars. We will be fully operational ready for Spring 2018”.
David Drews, Allied London Design Director said: “We are excited to be working with NWTC and acclaimed Barcelona based Landscape Architects Arriola & Fiol. Their design builds a story around the Oast house and cleverly links it to the surrounding Civic Buildings and offices of Spinningfields in a way that feels dignified and poetic.”
Works are planned to start in January 2018 once the TeePee season is over.