A new rooftop cocktail bar is set to open in Manchester in April as part of the grand new Hotel Gotham from Bespoke Hotels.
It will be called Brass and be located on the seventh floor of the Art Deco building at 100 King Street while a restaurant called Honey will be on the sixth floor.
Bespoke Hotels has revealed only that the menus and cocktails will reflect the Art Deco heritage and will feature local suppliers and tastes.
Designed by leading architect Edwin Lutyens in 1928, the Grade II-listed building operated as a bank after it opened in 1935 until HSBC vacated it in 2008. After a refurbishment, the ground floor is now home to a Jamie’s Italian.
The upper floors are being converted to a 60-bedroom hotel by Marshall Construction Group with designs by Squid Inc, led by designer Oliver Redfern.
Internal restoration includes the reincarnation of the main staircase, its balustrades, mouldings and terrazzo flooring. The building, which was dubbed the “King of King Street” due to its grandeur, size and castle-like design, features carvings by early-20th-century Manchester sculptor John Ashton Floyd.
Original glazed tiles from the once-central lightwell will provide a backdrop to the bar where the interior design will reference the hotel’s past as a bank, with leather satchel briefcase lights, bowler hat displays, green glass and bankers lamps.
Furniture throughout the hotel has been designed by Style Matters including the bespoke bar stools and fixed seating in the bar and Art Deco-framed chairs, brass detailing and deep polished finishes in the restaurant.
Striking geometric carpets will run throughout the hotel, with all the windows – dressed with full-length elegant curtains – offering views across Manchester.
Oliver said: “We wanted to pay tribute to a major building designed by one of the greatest British architects, Edwin Lutyens, whilst injecting a distinct fresh personality. We hope our guests will have as much fun at Hotel Gotham as we have had in creating it.”
The building hit the national news in 2010 when it was alleged that safe deposit boxes containing jewellery, gold and master tapes from Joy Division and New Order recording sessions were found on the site.
Bespoke Hotels operates hotels around the UK, some with destination bars, such as Rick’s and Tigerlily in Edinburgh, The Craigellachie Hotel on Speyside, The New Ellington in Leeds and Bermondsey Square in London as well as several under the names of Hallmark and Staying Cool.