New bar for Manchester

Bluestocking Pension Scheme, advised by Indigo Planning, has been given the go ahead to create a new pub-restaurant on Dale Street, Manchester.

The Grade II listed building, which has been partially vacant for over 12 months, was formerly used as a fashion showroom and offices. It will receive an extensive overhaul to create a ground floor and basement bar and restaurant.

The building was originally known as The Haunch of Venison pub before changing its name to Nicklebys prior to its use as a fashion showroom. Its next use will be as "Allotment", serving seasonal British food and drink in a fresh environment.

The regeneration of the property will enhance the appearance of the building and contribute to the growing vitality of the Northern Quarter. The bar and restaurant will benefit evening trade in the local area and provide a boost to the economy by way of job opportunities.

Niki Levene of Blue Stocking Pension Scheme commented, "We're excited about this project that we feel will bring the vacant areas of the building back into use, re-engage the community and create a hub of thriving activity."

Nick Fillingham, Associate Director at Indigo Planning, said, "Through extensive preparation and pre-application consultation with Manchester City Council we were able to deliver this permission quickly, which is an important factor in development viability."

Blue Stocking Pension Scheme has secured an operator (Expansive Horizons) for the new pub-restaurant and the refurbishment will begin immediately, for opening in January 2014.