Retail & Leisure

VALUE: £1.1 million

Duration: 25 weeks

The Memorial Hall in Manchester’s Albert Square has been, and continues to be, an icon since it was completed in 1866 just before work began on the Town Hall, also situated in Manchester’s Albert Square.

Owners, Roger Ward & Alister Cook, acquired the grade II listed building & have worked closely with Barnfield at every step of the way to magically transform the Hall into the fourth chapter in the Victorian Chophouse biography.

Inside the chop house the Memorial Hall function room seats over 100 guests whilst the restaurant can seat 140. The boardroom and conference rooms also offer state of the art facilities and furnishings.

Neglected for almost over a decade the beautiful Memorial Hall has been lovingly restored & refurbished combining traditional and timeless features with modern materials to make an extremely attractive City Centre destination.

Barnfield worked closely with English Heritage to create a mix of historic & temporary styles.

One of the many highlights of the journey of the magnificent refurbishment was a 200ft crane lifting in the first of the full height steel beams which now support the instillation of a new fifth floor.

The new five storey beams were inserted vertically through three holes cut through the roof & then dropped the full height of the building. These beams will support the next phase of the building works which is the second floor of bedrooms above the Memorial Hall function room.

The dedicated team worked through the night inserting the steel beams as it involved the road closure in a tight City Centre location.

Work is due to start on the boutique hotel which will include 8 luxury suites & will be named The Albert Square Inn.