Manchester’s most famous canal side bar, Dukes 92 reopened its doors revealing a stunning contemporary look following a £1m refurbishment by owner Elle R Leisure last year.

The former stable block was originally converted into a bar in 1991, and the renovation marked the 25th anniversary of the enduring city centre hotspot, which is located next to lock 92, from which it takes its name.

Award-winning interior designers SpaceInvader were briefed to create a design that was to be both respectful of the area’s industrial past by using existing features and connect with the outside environment.

Replicate is characterised by raw concrete effect variations

The 6,000 sq ft project, which was completed in just three months, saw the bar and restaurant stripped back to reflect its industrial heritage. The designers featured bricks, wood and black metal work, which were a nod to the building’s original use as a stable block for the horses that pulled the canal barges.

The focal point of the space was a 50ft long brushed brass bar with a spectacular full height diamond shaped bottle display above it.

Wooden floorboards were replaced with cream, concrete effect floor tiles from Solus Ceramics’ popular Replicate range, which is a porcelain product,

inspired by the raw look of cement fused with richly oxidised metals.

The large format, monolithic 750x1500mm tiles, which showcase an incredibly unique worn and weathered patina, feature throughout the venue and perfectly complement the large spacious environment.

 The large format, cream tiles were used throughout the venue

Finally, architectural trellises, hung with beautiful plants and impressive full sized trees, feature throughout the interior, bringing the outside in with a stunning urban garden grotto feel.

James Ramsbottom, Managing Director of Dukes 92 and Alberts Restaurants said: “To retain the character of the old building yet bring it into the 21st century was always going to be a challenge but I think we’ve pulled it off and I’m really pleased with the result. It’s a glamorous space, yet with an understated elegance, and still very ‘Dukes’.

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