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Manchester Evening News recently reported on our spooky hidden basement under Barton Arcade, set to become the city’s most unique event hire space.
Barton Arcade is one of the oldest surviving Victorian shopping arcades in the UK today. The Grade II listed Barton Arcade is already known for its retail and leisure offerings, as well as its impressive Victorian iron and glass domed roof. Now, we’re adding something new to the mix.
Constructed by Corbett, Raby and Sawyer in 1871, the building includes a basement spanning its entire length and width, two levels underground beneath Deansgate. From the building’s creation until 1961, the basement was used by Stephensons, a family business and catering equipment supplier, but it has been empty ever since bar occasional storage use.
A new lease of life
Crowd UK manages Barton Arcade on behalf of Mansford LLP, and we’re now breathing new life back into this space, transforming the arched brick corridors into one of Manchester’s most unique event hire spaces.
Our repair and restoration programme has seen the striking Victorian archways unblocked, original brickwork cleaned and floor space opened up to create one interconnecting 10,000 sq. ft space.
The space will be made available for event hire, whether it’s for a few hours as a photography location or a couple of months as a pop-up venue. Today, local charity Forever Manchester will test out the space, hosting its annual Halloween lock-in.
Our approach to asset management
Our approach to asset management is all about looking at how to breathe new life in to places and spaces and trying to identify previously missed opportunities.
It’s taken a fair bit of work to restore the basement to its original form, but the result is we now have a stunning space to work with, unlike any other in Manchester. What a great example of how a neglected and unused space can be transformed into an amazing venue, with a little foresight and vision.
Bookings are now being taken for 2018. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your enquiry and a member of the Crowd team will get back to you.