Leisure sector double for Medlock

OLDHAM construction and fit-out contractor Medlock FRB has secured two significant city centre leisure projects on both sides of the Pennines.

On its home turf of Greater Manchester, the team has been awarded the fit-out of a new Fazenda restaurant in Manchester, while in Sheffield it will convert a former bank into a cinema.

The Brazilian-inspired Fazenda steakhouse is due to open next month on The
Avenue, Spinningfields. Two units are being converted into a restaurant with 180 indoor covers and outdoor seating for 50. The venue will create more than 60 jobs.

The project follows a successful 10-week contract undertaken by Medlock last year for Leeds-basedFazenda’s second restaurant in Exchange Square, Liverpool.

Steve Taylor, head of business development at Medlock, which has 60 staff, said: “The finished product will be a fantastic addition to Manchester’s vibrant restaurant scene.

“For Medlock, this project further demonstrates our strong growth in city centre restaurant and bar completions, as our expertise as a specialist leisure contractor becomes more widely recognised.”

The Sheffield project involves the grade II listed former home of The Sheffield Banking Company for arthouse film specialist Curzon Cinemas.

The three-storey building on George Street will feature three auditoriums, a luxury 22-seat private cinema, a rooftop garden terrace for summer screenings, and a bar.

Medlock is carrying out excavations, underpinning, structural alterations, repairs and restoration work to listed building features, followed by an internal fit-out. The project is due for completion in December.