Jonathan Davidson Architects

The practice was appointed to work alongside Space Invader interior designers on a major refurbishment of Dukes 92 in Manchester city centre, to mark the bar’s 25th anniversary.

This former stable block was converted into a bar in 1991 and is one of Manchester’s most enduring city centre bars, particularly popular in the summer months, when drinkers and diners enjoy the canalside location.

In addition to a complete interior refurbishment the project sought to make fundamental alterations to enhance the entrance, to improve the permeability between inside and out and to comprehensively remodel the back of house areas and WCs.

The 6,000 sq ft project, which was completed in just three months, sees the bar and restaurant stripped back to reflect its industrial heritage with the use of bricks, wood and black metal work. The focal point of the new space is a dramatic 50ft long brushed brass bar with a full height diamond form bottle display above it.