The Kitchens has just opened in Irwell Square, in Manchester’s Spinningfield’s comprising six of the city’s best street food traders in unique, modern units.
The six vendors will now spend the next year battling it out to win their own fully-fledged café space in Spinningfields as well as backing, mentoring and investment from the site’s owner and developer, Allied London.
The site contains six units which will be the new home for the well known street vendors in the city who beat the competition to gain a coveted position in Allied London’s latest venue. Bangers and Bacon, Chaat Cart, Hip Hop Chip Shop, Mumma Schnitzel, Wholesome and Raw and Yakumama took up residence at The Kitchens at the beginning of June.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Soo Wilkinson, Creative Director at Igloo Design, who delivered the design concept for the scheme and project managed the works on site. Soo commented:
“I got involved with the kitchens after being appointed by Allied London to be the Design Director for this project. This scheme required somebody to oversee the continuity and vision of the concept and make sure all of the brands sat cohesively in the space.
“My job was to work with the six street vendors and transform their brand from street food vendor to potential restaurateur. To do this we have refined each units branding – I started the design process in August 2014 creating initial mood boards and ideas which were approved by Allied London and each of the six operators.”
Working alongside main contractor Simmons Construction and Select Interiors, Soo project managed the works on site. Works began on site in April 2015 and involved the revamp of the sites existing units, which had previously been empty, into two units of three with a central garden space, front of house serving areas and construction of a quaint wooden bridge to each side of the square.
The foodie destination comprises a number of fresh, modern, Scandinavian influences including raw natural wood, concrete resin flooring, blackboard walls and industrial pendants sourced from Hungary.
Hip Hop Chip Shop comprises a striking feature wall, printed and designed by Stanley Chow, featuring the Notorious B.I.G. On the venues other wall hip hop song titles and lyrics referencing fish have been drafted on the wall in a quirky, design touch.
The Bangers & Bacon unit features an array of materials including reclaimed stripped timber on the walls, an impressive protruding pig logo and a number of axes and cleaver props on the walls.
All of the units boast bespokely made features including innovative lighting; Mumma Schnitzel boasts a large light box which has been decorated with their logo and fitted above its serving counter, as well as unique ostrich egg light fittings displayed throughout the space. Chaat Cart features bespoke garland-inspired lighting fittings which complement the large mural of an Indian woman’s face painted on the unit’s wall.
All of the units include a bespoke back of house kitchen and food preparation area, a communal retail and eating space.
Soo Wilkinson said it has been a pleasure to be involved with this scheme, she commented:
“Doing the design guide at the start of this process meant I worked closely with the operators, who have been great, and understood the direction they wanted to take their brands in and because of this they trusted my design suggestions.
“All of the six brands are distinctively different and so making all of them fit together within The Kitchens’ concept was a challenge. However because of the trust I had with the operators and the approval I had from Allied London it worked well.”
Select Interiors, Manchester based commercial interior designers and shop fitters, were awarded the contract to fit out the six pop up restaurants.
Carl Brown, Managing Director of Select Interiors Ltd worked alongside Soo Wilkinson and Allied London’s Rochelle Silverstein to bring the clients brief into reality. The team has collaborated to create a cool, inviting space with a ‘Scandi’ feel, as well as neutral foil to act as background for the operator’s logos and signage.
Select Interiors Ltd are skilled in the delivery of design, drawings, 3D models, bespoke joinery, electrical, plaster finishes, ceramic tiling, flooring, polished concrete and decoration which they displayed via their work at The Kitchens.
For more information about The Kitchens please visit: www.alliedlondon.com/the-kitchens-leftbank/ .
Manchester based Select Interiors specialise in providing design and fit out services to the hospitality sector. They offer a turn-key approach from concept to completion for service providers, specialising in: Design, Planning, M&E, Bespoke Joinery, Banquette Seating, Signage & Manifestations, Commercial Kitchens, Furniture and Project Management.
Select Interiors have 30 year experience creating exciting, vibrant Restaurant and Bar interiors to the hospitality sector throughout the UK and have recently been shortlisted for the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards for the UKs best ‘Standalone Bar or Club’. The company also offers interior design and fit out services to the office, retail and commercial sectors.
The company gains the majority of their work via referral and repeat business indicating the high level of finish they deliver on all projects they are involved with. Select Interiors recently added The Kitchens to their commercial fit out portfolio.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Carl Brown, Select Interiors Ltd Managing Director, who commented:
“It is a privilege to be involved with this exciting project with Michael Ingall, CEO of Allied London, who has an incredible vision for the further development of Spinningfields, Leftbank and the new St Johns Quarter in Manchester.
“We pride ourselves on providing dedicated attention to detail on each project, as well as a personal service to all clients. We offer a very competitive prices as well as a ‘one stop shop’ package from Concept to Completion.”