Interior design agency Red Deer, which worked on the project, said it wants to ‘counter-act the wastefulness of the construction industry, creating intriguing touchpoints that celebrate the inherent value found in old materials that may be classed by some as ‘defective’ or ‘broken’’.
The Alan is championing local businesses in both its rooms and its communal spaces, with Ancoats Coffee Co and Bohea Teas stocked in the rooms and Pomona Island and Cloudwater beers behind the bar.
Its new restaurant and bar space serves an all-day seasonal menu, headed up by Iain Thomas, formerly of the Edinburgh Castle.
Iain has worked in kitchens since he was 16 and will use some ingredients from his own allotment in his menu, which features dishes like Cheshire beef tartare with confit egg yolk, salt-baked celeriac, and lamb fat cabbage.
The Butcher’s Quarter provides the meat for the larger plates, from grass-fed sirloin steaks to free-range pork and Gatehouse Farm lamb chops.
One person tweeted: “Never again. A nightmare being stuck in your car park yesterday for 4 hours!!!! Bumper to bumper traffic queues, no management from staff, wasted fuel, extortionate fees! Babies, children, disabled & elderly all trapped. Disgusting (none) management!”
Replying to several people on Twitter, they said: “Hi – we’re sorry to hear about your experience. The car park adjacent to us is owned & managed by @ManCityCouncil.
“We believe the congestion was due to traffic flow on the surrounding streets. If you have any other queries we would recommend you contact the Council directly.”
TfGM’s Head of Highways, Peter Boulton, said: “Manchester is a top destination and with a number of events and the Christmas markets adding to the usual retail and leisure offering, the last couple of weekends have seen increased numbers of people travelling into the city centre by both car and public transport.
“We’d encourage anyone coming to Manchester to think about how they are going to get in, around and out of the city and to plan their journey in advance, avoiding the busiest times and routes where possible.”
MASSIVE crowds seen blocking tram tracks outside Manchester Arndale last night with reports of fireworks being thrown
Huge crowds of young people were seen swarming around the Manchester Arndale last night causing chaos, with reports of fireworks being thrown.
The chaotic scenes saw tram lines blocked, with trams having to move slowly through Exchange Square.
Witnesses say there were as many as 700 people crowded outside the shopping centre with police trying to break up the gathering.
There were also reports of alarms being set off inside the Arndale and fireworks being thrown around.
Councillor Pat Karney, who shared a video from Exchange Square on Sunday evening, told the Manchester Evening Newsthat people in the crowd were as young as nine years old.
He said to the paper: “It’s surprising just how young some of the travellers are that are coming down to the Arndale, I would say as young as nine, up to about 16-years-old.
“The majority have just been parading up and down Cross Street and Market Street, the problems mainly lie with the minority who have been setting off alarms in the Arndale and throwing fireworks around. Others have been standing on the tram tracks in Exchange Square and staff have had to pilot trams in and out.
“It is a Christmas headache that we don’t need. There must have been around 700 of them. Some were causing havoc and nuisance inside the Arndale so the police had to come down and help disperse the crowds and security staff at the Arndale threw a lot of them out too.”