JR A101 Jaguar Corn Exchange Manchester 5

The Corn Exchange, Manchester

Iconic landmark, undergone a £30m transformation, creating a fantastic new dining destination for the city


Leisure & Hospitality

Project manager

Tony Garbe

Products Used

Jaguar Folding-Arm Awnings

Café Barriers

Tansun Rio Grande Heaters

Project Brief

The Grade II Listed building is now home to 13 restaurants and bars, many of whom are making their debut in the North-West. JR were invited by main contractors, Interserve Construction and Manchester based architect firm, 5Plus, to design, manufacture, project manage and install folding-arm awnings, café barriers, heaters, lights and branding for the entire complex.


Through 5Plus, James Robertshaw specified the Jaguar folding-arm awning for two main public facing facades on Cathedral Street and Exchange Square. A total of 24 awnings were installed ranging from 4 metres to 8.6 metres in width, all with 3 metre projections. All systems were fully automated and installed with vibration sensors, with the awnings manufactured and tested at our Bolton operational 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 Mexican 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 have 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 JR awnings and café barriers are also available to trade-sub dealers, the company is also able to hand write signs as well as apply branding to its products.

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“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.”

Sarah Aspinall

Senior Quantity Surveyor, Interserve Construction

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