quay bar

The building reflects the multi-layered nature of the site, by allowing ingress at all levels around its periphery. The plan of the project grew by abstracting the dynamics of the busy Chester Road dual carriageway, the parallels of which reverberate into the site, expressed as layers of construction, visible architectonically as well as on the drawn plans. These strong lines disintegrate, dissolving finally in the lines of the external works, into the canal water.

The use of strong, robust materials reflect the industrial heritage of the site which, apart from being the location of a Roman fort, was, for a long time, a sturdy depository for coal and slag.


wolverhampton & dudley breweries plc

Structural Engineer
Peter J Taylor Associates

Quantity Surveyor
Michael Flynn & Associates

Mechanical Engineer
Roger Bullock & Associates

Electrical Engineer
Grimwood & Dix


MSA Design Awards 1997

RIBA Award 1998
Winner Sport and Leisure Category

RIBA Category Awards 1998
shortlist for the Stirling Prize

MSA Design Award 1998

Manchester Civic Society Award 1999
Winner Design Award

Civic Trust Award 2000

City Life Bar of the Year 2000

MSA Design Awards 2001