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

Sector :Hospitality & Leisure

Solution :A101: Jaguar, E102: Café Barriers, Tansun heaters

Outcome :Visual statement, brand recognition and coverage

Project Manager :Tony Garbe


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 and install awnings, café barriers, heaters, lights and branding for the entire complex.


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 and tested at our 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 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 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 JR awnings and café barriers are 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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