£11m restaurant hub plan for Arndale

AN £11m plan transform Halle Square at the Manchester Arndale into an ‘al fresco’ dining zone with a raft of restaurants has been unveiled.

Joint owners M&G Real Estate and intu say the 25,000sq ft space will be rebranded Halle Place and deliver a new contemporary casual dining destination.

Halle Place will encompass the ground floor of the existing Halle Square, which is already a key hub at the heart of the 1.4m sq ft shopping centre, and new escalators to link it to the upper level.
The new dining destination will provide shoppers with a diverse selection of the UK’s most popular food and beverage brands.
Ahead of a planning application being submitted for change of use, a number of restaurant operators have already submitted conditional offers for the new units, eager to secure space in the city’s vibrant new dining hub.

The Halle Place development demonstrates the increasing importance of providing shoppers with a ‘whole-day’ destination.

The design of Halle Place is experience-led, creating a sense of place in its own right within the busy shopping centre setting.

Each restaurant will offer ‘al fresco’ style seating in the mall area, encircling a suspended public art centrepiece in the centre of a striking, open double-height atrium area.

Construction of Halle Place is expected to complete in 2018, subject to planning consent, and will include 10 different restaurant units and a café on the ground floor in the middle of the atrium.
Kannika Mall, asset manager at M&G Real Estate, said: “Halle Place is a step-change for the food and beverage offer in Manchester city centre.

“The development will offer our shoppers a place where they can socialise and eat within an attractive and welcoming space. It will provide a new focal point for this part of the centre, increasing Manchester Arndale’s customer footfall and dwell time.

“The diversity and character of the brands we expect to bring to Halle Place will ensure shoppers benefit from a more exciting experience-led shopping destination, which in turn will drive stronger long-term income performance for the centre.”

Manchester Arndale is one of Europe’s largest inner city shopping centres and is managed by CBRE. The retained agents are JLL and Metis Real Estate Advisors.