A101: Jaguar, E102: Cafe Barriers, Heaters & Lights / The Corn Exchange, Manchester

The Grade II Listed building is now home to 13 restaurants and bars, many of whom are making their debut in the North-West.

James Robertshaw was invited by main contractors, Interserve Construction and Manchester based 5plus Architects, to design, manufacture and install awnings, café barriers, heaters, lights and branding for the entire complex. The main challenge was to make sure the external awnings provided shading and weather cover, without compromising the beautiful Edwardian façade.

Through 5Plus, James Robertshaw specified the A101: Jaguar folding-arm awning for two main public facing facades on Cathedral Street and Exchange Square. A total of 23 awnings were installed ranging from 4 metres to 8.6 metres in width, all with 3 metre projections. Fully automated and installed with vibration sensors, the awnings were manufactured at James Robertshaw’s Bolton facility.

In addition to awnings, James Robertshaw also manufactured café barriers to each of the restaurants which include well-known brands such as the Pan Asian eatery, Tampopo, Zizzi and Bryon Burgers. Established Manchester independent family run Italian, Salvi’s, is joined by Gino D’Acampo’s My Restaurant and pizza and pasta specialists Vapiano. For a taste of Vietnamese street food there is Pho, while Indian street food operator Mowgli has also launched its presence; Cabana a Brazilian barbecue restaurant and Wahaca which serves award winning Mexcian street food take you further on a journey around the world of food. Bar and eatery Cosy Club has opened its first venture in Manchester in the Corn Exchange as has Banyan Bar and Kitchen.

By working closely with each operator, James Robertshaw has dramatically helped create a true sense of place and arrival, allowing each operator to stand out with their brand, whilst respecting the space and design of its neighbouring restaurants. All James Robertshaw awnings and café barriers are available to trade customers, the company is also able to hand write signs as well as apply branding to its products.

Sarah Aspinall, Senior Quantity Surveyor, Interserve Construction said: “We wanted to make sure the restaurants and bars could make the most of their outdoor space on to Exchange Square and Cathedral Street. The awnings manufactured and installed by James Robertshaw have certainly done the trick. Not only do the awnings provide practical shade and weather cover but they help create a real sense of place and presence at the Corn Exchange and we know the bars and restaurants are very happy with them.”

James Robertshaw
James Robertshaw