Manchester city centre to get gin distillery

Manchester Gin

A gin distillery is to be built in the centre of Manchester later this year.

Manchester Gin has announced plans to build a 5,300 sq ft complex under the Manchester Central convention centre.

The new distillery will be built in the listed Victorian railway arches under the former train station.

Up North Architects and Euan Kellie Property Solutions has been appointed to the scheme.

The plans will see the arches under the convention centre converted into a distillery, events space, bar, and a restaurant.

There will also 1,000-litre still which will allow the distillery to increase production and create around 30 new jobs.

Three of the arches on Watson Street will have floor-to-ceiling glass windows installed to provide the public with a view of the working distillery.

There will also be a bar, tasting area and a new restaurant.

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.