Changes Set for Spring Gardens
Following submission of a full planning application and listed building consent by specialist consultancy, HOW Planning, Manchester City Council has given the go-head for the re-development of 60 Spring Gardens; a Grade II listed building located in the heart of historical Upper King Street.
Bar operators Roc & Rye can now make a start on their refurbishment project with plans to create an independent, high-end craft coffee and cocktail establishment in the ground floor unit of the building which has been vacant for some time.
Located in Upper King Street’s conservation area and originally designed by local architect Alfred Waterhouse, the Grade II listed building was previously allocated as office use. The planning application requested a change of use from office to a high-end bar. Designed by architects Pickard Design, the fit out and style of the new bar will be in keeping with the surrounding uses and complementing other leisure units in the area.
Says Rachel Jones, Planner at HOW Planning: “Roc & Rye will be a unique bar concept in an area which already contains a mix of office and leisure uses. We were able to draw upon our extensive heritage experience to ensure the new proposals helped to protect a city centre listed building, whilst offering an exciting new prospect for this part of the city centre.”
Roc & Rye has been set up by a trio of Directors (an award-winning bar tender, a highly experienced bar Businessman and a Corporate Marketing Consultant) and the proposed new bar will offer daytime trade in craft coffee as well as alcoholic drinks and a night time venue. The unit has been granted a 10am-3am alcohol license seven days a week.