North West

New Trof for Manchester

A Wesleyan chapel in the heart of Manchester City Centre is being given a fantastic makeover in order to transform it into a new events venue, restaurant and bar.

Albert Hall – which is located within the disused Brannigans site on Peter Street – is currently being reworked in order to create the latest venue for restaurant and bar specialists Zecol Ltd. Once work is complete on the project Albert Hall Manchester will comprise a restaurant and bar, joining Zecol Ltd’s ever expanding portfolio of Manchester venues.

Built by W J Morley in 1910, Albert Hall once provided a home to the Manchester and Salford Wesleyan Mission. The new venue will take over the main Albert Hall auditorium, which is located on the upper level of the building.

The space formerly had the capacity to seat up to 2000 people, so will become the perfect home for the new restaurant and bar. Meanwhile, the ground floor of the site was more recently occupied by Brannigan’s Bar which closed in 2011 and has remained unused ever since.

Discussing the new venture for Zecol Ltd, Managing Director, Joel Wilkinson, said:

“It’s a fantastic space that hasn’t really been used for 60 years.”

“It’s a music hall with a chapel above it. It’s an amazing building. We’re looking to turn it into a restaurant and bar – a bigger version of what we already do.”

Design 306 is the lead designer on the Albert Hall project, joining the site following the company’s involvement on previous sites within the Zecol Ltd banner. Work is scheduled to reach completion on Albert Hall Manchester in 2014; however the new venue will make a brief appearance at the Manchester International Festival (MIF) in July 2013.

To date, Zecol Ltd has six sites within its portfolio, including Trof Northern Quarter, Gorilla, The Deaf Institute, Trof Fallowfield, Salutation Hotel & Pub and Albert Hall Manchester. All of the sites are located in and around Manchester City Centre and provide guests with good food, fantastic drinks and most important of all, a great atmosphere.

For more information about Albert Hall Manchester, or the other sites in Zecol Ltd’s portfolio, please visit:

Design 306

Design 306 is a design practice providing architectural services across a range of projects, from leisure and domestic through to commercial works.

Design 306 has been in operation for more than two years and conducts work across the whole of the UK. Within this time Design 306 has provided services for a range of companies, including Revolution and family-run brewery JW Lees.

Most recently Design 306 has been the leading designer on the Albert Hall project in Manchester.

Commenting on his company’s involvement with the Albert Hall project, Design 306 Architectural Designer, Alex Lodge, said:

“I became involved with this particular site due to my work on previous Zecol Ltd sites, including Gorilla and the Deaf Institute. When managing director of Zecol Ltd, Joel Wilkinson, picked up this site he asked me to get involved and I was more than happy to be a part of this project.

“I’ve developed a good working relationship with Joel and this is something that I really value.”

Alex added:

“At Design 306 I always strive to leave all my clients happy.”

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