Exclsve Bar - Hospitality Fit-Out in Manchester

Transforming a space into a top end bar and eatery in city centre Manchester demands meticulous planning, top quality workmanship and a strong attention to detail.

Introduction

Based in the heart of city centre Manchester on Bridge Street, the owners of Exclsve Bar originally purchased an ex-retail property with the vision to create a stunning bar and eatery, for local clientele who demanded a luxurious hospitality setting to eat and drink.

After working with Eatock and Design on a previous office fit out project at 33Legal - a city centre law practice, the owners of Exclsve Bar were keen to work with Paul and Jeni once again.

Brief

The brief was to convert the former clothes retail store on Bridge Street into one of Manchester’s newest and exclusive bar and restaurant.

It was important to design and fit out the venue to compete with some of the existing superior hospitality venues around Spinningfields and Deansgate. This demanded the very finest workmanship, best quality materials and the most creative of designs to fulfil such a clear and challenging brief.

Here are the project brief specifics:

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical & Electrical
  • Decoration
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Bespoke Furniture
  • Bar installation
  • Branding & Signage

Scope of Work

Even though we had previously worked with the owners of the bar, on the 33Legal office fit out project, it was important we fully understood and interpreted the client brief correctly.

Once we had established this, we could then deliver a hospitality environment and concept that enhanced their brand, that was within budget, that was functional and allowed a positive flow of people within the interior, and importantly complied and exceeded UK Building Regulations.

In the early stages of the project, we were pleased to work alongside Maria at The Hattons – an interior architect consultant. Maria developed some amazing ‘look and feel’ design concepts that captured the essence of the brand and would ensure a strong customer experience.

Factors such as material selection, biophilic design and interior layout all compounded to create a spectacular space. We developed a rich and luxurious colour and material palette, and then added delicate details to balance the masculine tiger’s head.

The team at Eatock Design and Build then started the fit out process. We ensured our team carried out the works in a practical, thorough manner ensuring all deadlines were met and working effectively around other trade professionals.

Communication was key throughout and we ensured the owners of the bar were kept up-to-date at all times, with lots of progress pictures and videos.

Paul and Jeni of Eatock Design and Build guided the design and fit-out process throughout ensuring a seamless progression right through to completion. Due to their extensive network they were able to call on various suppliers to help with the fit out process, for example working with Neil Landmann of Light-U to supply a range of lighting throughout the interior. The stunning marble bar worksurface featured underlit lighting, which gets a lot of attention from customers.

As it was a Cat B fit out it meant Eatock Design and Build were involved extensively throughout the project. We created an interior space for Exclsve Bar that was bespoke to their needs. Eatock Design and Build designed and fitted throughout the bar area, the kitchen area and the downstairs private dining room.

The design ensured integrity and consistency throughout which matched the Exclsve brand, including the colour scheme, interior wooden slotted wall cladding, furniture selection, bar area styling, biophilic design elements including plants throughout, lighting selection and placement, and other interior styling features.

Exclsve Bar - Hospitality Fit-Out in Manchester

Here are some specifics of the project:

  • The floors are a mixture of warm oak and modern concrete to differentiate the floor levels in the space.
  • The walls are painted dark navy and deep green, with several types of wallpaper: a subtle snakeskin effect, a large banana leaf print in teal and a brushed gold effect. Some walls have vertical panels of oak, which is also acoustic. There is one large bespoke mirror, designed and made by the artist Ruth Parker. There are also two flower walls, one with small gold tiger heads. There is a large gold 3D tiger’s head above the DJ booth.
  • The booth and banquet seating in deep green, navy and tan, all have leather seats and matching suede backs. The loose chairs and stools are in the same upholstery to match.
  • The table tops are in a terrazzo effect and square for flexibility for the number of covers.
  • The ceilings are painted out in dark colours and have hanging lighting rafts in brushed brass, and some also have hanging foliage.
  • The wall and hanging pendants are a mixture of rich colours in glass and brushed brass.
  • The toilets are fully tiles, vertically laid in rich shades.

Maria Hatton, Director at The Hattons, commented on the project:

“Both Paul and Jen have a great ‘can-do’ attitude. They bought into the design and the bigger picture, and could see the value the little details add. Those details are often missed or watered down by some contractors.

Both Jen and Paul are professional, approachable and pro-active. I’ve loved working with them on this project.”

Outcome

Andrew Doyle, owner of Exclsve Bar, commented,

We already have several businesses within Manchester city centre, including the law firm 33Legal, where we’ve worked with Paul and Jen to refit the office space.

When we decided to open a bar in the city, Paul was the first person we called.

When we got the keys to the property, formerly a retail shop, it was literally an empty shell and bare walls.

Through Eatock Design and Build, we were introduced to Maria Hatton of The Hattons, an interior design agency based in Leeds. Maria worked with Paul and Jeni to create a design concept from scratch, to completely transform the space into a bar space.

We love the space as it is now and the feedback we’ve got from our customers is fantastic. The private dining room downstairs is particularly stunning with some exquisite effects.

Overall, the luxurious feel of the bar interior is spot on and more than we could have hoped for. It fits the Exclsve brand and also with the local clientele in the city centre. It was important that we created a unique space that matched similar exclusive hospitality venues around Spinningfields and Deansgate.

The bar is unrecognisable from when we took the property over. We’re so pleased to have worked with Paul and Jeni on the project, and look forward to working with them again in the future.”

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