Central Bay to become a new F&B destination this summer at Quayside MediaCity

Central Bay will become a new F&B destination opening this summer at Quayside MediaCity in Salford, UK. This £3.5m waterfront destination will be the first of its kind in Salford and one of the biggest in the region. Central Bay is named after the original stretch of the dock - once a loading bay during the industrial revolution.

The south-facing outside terrace space is over 5,000 sq ft and will hold up to 600 visitors. The indoor space will feature a new food hall, Kargo MKT, with multiple street vendor spaces also available to rent within Kargo Market. Blend Family, in partnership with Quayside MediaCity, will showcase up-and-coming talent in the food and drink arena. There will also be four new independent restaurants, 13 kitchens, pop-up events, indie markets, live music performances and play areas for children. 11 Central (operated by Seven Bro7hers) will feature a new unit also fronting the waterfront with associated outdoor terrace space.

Stephen Wild, managing director for MediaCity, said, “Central Bay is an ambitious and transformational project for Quayside MediaCity which will be a fantastic place for our growing number of residents, workers, students and visitors to enjoy great food, in a tranquil yet vibrant waterside setting. It will be truly unique and a celebration of local food, drink and art – which is what we know, from the Salford Vision 2030 research piece, local people want to see and access. Central Bay will add another dimension to MediaCity and Quayside and will bolster its growing reputation as a leading leisure and cultural destination.”

Paul Graham from Chapman Taylor said, “It has been an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work for Peel L+P on this unique regeneration scheme within Salford Quays. The key design objectives from the outset of the project were to better connect the centre with its unique waterfront setting and to improve access for all from the dock edge boulevard. The new south-facing terraces and jetty structures will provide elevated views of the water and increase the amount of usable outdoor recreational space. The project incorporates various sustainability initiatives including rainwater harvesting, SUDS strategy, reuse of existing structures and improving biodiversity by implementing a comprehensive soft landscaping/planting scheme along the full length of the external walkway.”

Paul Graham (BA (Hons) BArch RIBA)

Associate Director, UK

Paul joined Chapman Taylor in 2001 and became an Associate Director in 2007. Based in the Manchester studio, he works extensively at the early concept and detailed planning stages of projects.

He has approaching 20 years’ design experience having successfully completed a number of award-winning major projects across a range of sectors.

Areas of expertise:

Workplace / Retail / Mixed-use / Concept Design / Planning

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