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Plans in to convert unit at historic 196 Deansgate into café

Planning and listed building applications have been submitted to convert part of Manchester’s Grade II-listed 196 Deansgate into a café.

Federal Café & Bar is lined up to occupy the space in the historic building, which also comprises five floors of offices.

CEG, which has managed an investment of approximately £3 million into the building, has submitted the applications to Manchester City Council.

Greg Lacey, investment manager at CEG, says: “We set out to find an independent, credible operator who can bring a barista and all-day brunch offer to benefit 196 Deansgate’s existing office occupiers and visitors.

“As part of the proposed works, we will be opening up part of the building’s reception to allow direct access. I’m very excited to see what is a fantastic unit restored and its historical features put on show to the public.”

Federal Café & Bar already operates a food and drink outlet on the city’s High Street, near to the Arndale Centre.

The breakfast, brunch and lunch eatery will join Arc Inspirations Manhatta bar and restaurant at the building, as it prepares to open a venue on the ground floor in September.

The stone building at the junction of Deansgate, Quay Street and Peter Street, which was built in 1904 for the Royal London Friendly Society, is an example of Edwardian Baroque architecture.

Indigo Planning is advising as a planning consultant for the project, with GA Studio acting as the architect for the design and fit out of the new Federal Café & Bar subject to consent.

Cheetham & Mortimer acted as agent for CEG and Sixteen Real Estate represented Federal Café & Bar in the deal for the space.