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European plazas inspire the new-look Crown Square

European plazas inspire the new-look Crown Square

Crown Square in Manchester’s Spinningfields estate has reopened after a six month transformation to “create the best beer garden in the world”.

Property developer Allied London appointed Spanish architectural firm Arriola & Fiol to redesign the civic square. Their design focused on building a story around the historic Oast House as a point of departure, creating a transition to the modernity of the Spinningfields estate. Outdoor structures with roofs of differing materials and textures have been positioned at different angles to create an increasingly contemporary design as the eye moves away from The Oast House towards Spinningfields.

New features of the square include a permanent stage, an outdoor bar area and several covered areas where consumers can enjoy a beverage while taking in their surroundings. The design takes inspiration from European plazas where socialising and relaxing outdoors forms a central part of everyday community life. The outdoor stage will feature a lively entertainment programme across the year, helping to recreate this European social culture in Manchester.

The Oast House bar, which is owned by New World Trading company, has also reopened after being refurbished as part of the transformation.

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