Soho House Manchester is set to open in spring 2024. Located in the St John’s area in the heart of the city, a rapidly transforming neighbourhood for culture, arts and living, the iconic brand has revealed first-look sketches of its highly anticipated interior.
The House promises to give members a "Soho House experience" across 5 floors of the former Granada Studios – a building with a rich history in media, having hosted The Beatles’ first ever televised performance.
Soho House & Co CEO Andrew Carnie said; “Bringing Soho House to other cities in the UK has always been something we've wanted to do and, as a Mancunian, I’m particularly proud to be coming to Manchester. Nick and the design team have worked hard to create a space for our members that preserves the heritage of the Granada Studios building, while introducing a rooftop pool terrace and floor to ceiling windows on the top floor. The view of the city is going to be amazing from there and I can’t wait for members to experience it.”
On the 1st floor, an extensive members’ gym including a free weights area, studio space, steam and sauna opens on to a balcony with casual seating. Changing rooms will have showers, vanity areas and lounge spaces for members to unwind after training.
The 7th floor will be used as a flexible events space with a large central bar and DJ booth.
The main members’ Club space on the 8th floor will comprise of a casual bar and lounge area and a more formal dining space run by Head Chef James Lord who will be returning home to Manchester after a period at 76 Dean Street in London. The east-facing wall has a retractable roof with an awning which will be opened up in warmer weather to maximise the views across the city. Towards the back of the space, an indoor pool lounge area will connect to the outdoor rooftop pool which has sunbeds and a bar on the terrace.
A spiral staircase connects to the 9th floor above which includes a late-night bar and live music space that overlooks the rooftop pool.
On the 6th floor, there are 23 bedrooms designed specifically for Soho House members, ranging from Cosy rooms to Large suites which will have freestanding baths and living space. This floor also includes an 80sq meter private apartment with an open plan living room with kitchenette, dining table and lounge area and a connecting second bedroom.
The Granada Studios redevelopment will also be home to a Mollie’s Motel, Bar & Diner, offering Mollie’s guests, Soho House members and the public access to a live music bar and events space on the lower ground floor, a lounge & deli bar, workspace and diner at street level and a total of 133 bedrooms designed by Soho House.
The interiors of Soho House Manchester will take inspiration from the history of the Old Granada Studios and its 1950’s-1960’s heritage, with an eclectic collection of bespoke and vintage furniture pieces which reference the era of the building.
Feature fabrics used on headboards in bedrooms and hanging tapestries in the club space have been developed in partnership with Print Pattern Archive, referencing Manchester based artists and weavers and giving a second life to local archive prints.
Kate Bryan, Global Art Director at Soho House, and her team are in the process of curating an art collection for the House which focuses on artists who are born, based or trained in and around Manchester. Confirmed artists include museum-level talent such as Lubaina Himid, Mary Ramsden, Thomas Heatherwick, Osman Yousefzada and Ryan Gander.
For more details, and to apply for membership, visit sohohouse.com.