Albert’s Restaurant & Bar chain have opened their latest venue; Albert’s Restaurant & Bar in Worsley, Manchester, which follows the openings of Albert’s Didsbury and Albert’s Shed in Manchester city centre.
The Worsley project also saw the rebranding of the adjacent Hello Hotel site and the complete reworking of the former New Ellesmere Pub site.
The original building was vacant and disused when the clients bought the site in May 2012 in dire need of a complete and radical facelift. Premier Hospitality caught up with Chris Fasciato, Director of Fasciato Architects Limited, the architects for the project, to find out more:
“Fasciato Architects’ involvement with the Albert’s Worsley project followed our previous appointment to design Albert’s Restaurant in Didsbury. We started work on the project in May 2012 right at the concept stage and work on site started in April 2013.”
“With the brief, our clients wanted the Worsley restaurant to retain a visual link with the already well recognised Albert’s brand. This has resulted in a somewhat larger venue than the previous Didsbury restaurant with 272 restaurant and bar covers, 56 external dining covers and function room occupancy of around 100. Although inevitably on a new site virtually every detail is different to the previous restaurant, the Albert’s brand is still recognisable. Part of the original building was retained but was considerably extended and altered. “
The project was due to finish in October 2013 but was delayed when original contractors, Tavern Construction, went into administration partway through construction. The project was therefore not completed until February 2014 after THWG Ltd were appointed as the new contractors.
The two storey venue comprises the restaurant, bar area and private dining room on the ground floor with a function room and associated bar and external terrace on the first floor. The function room can be used for corporate as well as private events, such as weddings; if a bar is not required it can be hidden behind a sliding screen which acts as an innovative movable wall.
With the new Worsley restaurant, Chris Hymas of Fasciato Architects Ltd has created a design that is crisp and modern, with large areas of glass to create a welcoming ambiance, especially at night. There is a large, heated, external dining area covered by a frameless glass canopy, with glass balustrading on the function room terrace.
Internally, there are visual references to Albert’s Restaurant in Didsbury, finishes are natural, cool and understated. The restaurant bar is a monolithic slab of highly polished black marble reflecting the blue neon lighting. This matches the black porcelain floor tiles and black stained oak fixed furniture and banquette seating, which were all designed by Fasciato Architects, who were both architects and interior designers on the project. Internal doors are faced with highly reflective black Perspex which again maintains a link with Albert’s Restaurant in Didsbury.
Chris Fasciato added:
“As with all of our restaurant and bar projects, Fasciato Architects recognise that a significant part of a venue’s success is the creation of a welcoming and relaxed ambiance; of a pleasant place for people to enjoy themselves. This is reflected in the commercial success of our extensive portfolio of restaurants, not least Albert’s in Didsbury and the immediate huge popularity of the new Albert’s Restaurant & Bar in Worsley. We are very proud of our relationship with and continuing involvement with our client, Mr James Ramsbottom of Elle R Leisure Ltd.”
For more information head tohttp://www.fasciato.co.uk/or alternatively call 01625 536622.