Huge waterside food hall to breathe life into old Manchester warehouse
A new waterside food hall is tipped to open in Manchester as the Allied London team set their sites on a former warehouse on the banks of the river Irwell.
Sitting on the cusp of Spinningfields and Salford, Shipyard, as it will be known, will take inspiration from popular existing concepts such as Manchester’s Mackie Mayor, Lisbon’s Time Out Market, and the Kyiv Food Market.
Located on the corner of Water Street and New Quay Street, according to plans submitted to Manchester City Council it will move into a long-empty warehouse formerly known as Albert Shed.
Due to open in the same part of town as the hotly-anticipated new venue Factory International, after sitting empty for years it’s hoped that the new project will breathe some new life back into the area.
Promising to bring a mix of artisan vendors and ‘rolling smaller stalls’, the new food hall plans to create a new riverside dining destination in the Manchester neighbourhood of St. Johns.
Developers want to transform the existing first floor car park of the building into a food hall, then add a second mezzanine level to provide more seating.
A statement to planners said: “We have been working alongside Allied London on the Shipyard (formerly Albert Sheds) to create a new riverside dining destination within the prime location in St. John’s Masterplan.
“Being one of the few original industrial buildings left within the city centre, its high ceilings and waterfront location will provide the perfect atmosphere from day to night.
“Our proposals are to repurpose the former warehouse into an eclectic and curated destination that compliments the wider St. Johns Masterplan, by encouraging a mix of artisan vendors and rolling smaller stalls.”
“It is envisaged that the food hall will become more visible during dusk and evening time as the interior is illuminated,” the documents added. “The form of the timber canopy will provide solar shading from morning sun whilst at night the internal space will illuminate the river side.”
Feature image – Alberts Shed / Allied London
Food & Drink
Aldi launches new ‘magic bags’ with £10 worth of food for just £3.30
Aldi has teamed up with the world’s largest surplus food platform to offer ‘Magic Bags’ for just £3.30 at hundreds of its stores.
In a bid to tackle food waste while also offering even lower prices to customers, and following on from what was considered to have been a “successful” trial last year, the UK’s leading budget supermarket has teamed up with Too Good To Go to offer surplus food bags across all of its 990 stores right across the country.
The ‘Magic Bags’ will be packed full of a wide range of grocery products that are approaching their sell-by or use-by dates at less than a third of the price.
They’ll set you back just £3.30 each for what is at least £10 worth of food.
As well as Aldi helping shoppers during the cost of living crisis, by working with Too Good To Go, the supermarket chain is helping to spread awareness about food waste and promote the different ways to reduce it.
The nationwide rollout of the ‘Magic Bag’ scheme is expected to save a further 4,000 tonnes of food from going to waste every year.
To get a Magic Bag, all shoppers need to do is download the free Too Good To Go app and search for their nearby Aldi store, before reserving a bag to collect from the store at an allotted time.
“Rolling out our partnership with Too Good To Go is another way of allowing us to cut down on food waste, while also offering customers the opportunity to pick up our food at even lower prices,” explained Liz Fox – Corporate Responsibility Director at Aldi UK.
“With the rising cost of living impacting so many, Too Good To Go offers a simple and accessible way for consumers to save money and reduce waste.”
Sophie Trueman, Managing Director of Too Good To Go, added that the company is “thrilled” to be partnering with Aldi, adding: “Having already had fantastic feedback during a successful trial period, I know our Too Good To Go community is going to jump at the chance to save Magic Bags from their local Aldi and prevent even more good food from going to waste.”