Manchester’s Lowry Outlet becomes Quayside MediaCityUK

Lifestyle Outlets has announced that the Lowry Outlet has been rebranded as Quayside MediaCityUK.

2020 will be an exciting year for the centre, as a number of key project milestones will be realised to reenergise the development.

Chapman Taylor has been working with the Lifestyle Outlets team since Peel purchased the Lowry Outlet. A series of asset enhancement design studies were identified to improve the facilities on offer and maximise the customer experience for those visiting the area. These studies have involved a continual review and assessment of the commercial space within the centre in response to the rapidly changing retail climate, with the aim of meeting the team’s brief to create a new generation of outlets that have entertainment and leisure at their core.

Last year, the existing Vue multiplex cinema was extensively remodelled to form seven state-of-the-art digital auditoriums, configured in a more efficient footprint. In conjunction with this refurbishment, works were completed before Christmas 2019 to form a new, 2,500m2 leisure unit to house ITV’s “Leisure Box”, which will host a “Jungle Challenge” based on the popular series ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’, and which is due to open in September.

Later this year, work will start on site to construct The Watergardens, which will incorporate eight new waterside restaurants formed along the southern edge of the building, each with unprecedented views out across the water to Old Trafford. A striking building called “The Glasshouse”, offering two-storey, 270-degree waterside views, will offer a combination of dining and bar offers. An additional bespoke leisure restaurant, “The Treehouse”, will be located adjacent to the new Jungle Challenge.

The £10m regeneration scheme, designed by Chapman Taylor, includes a large signature restaurant configured at the base of the Imperial Point residential tower – forming a key gateway entrance from Lowry Plaza to an extended, external terrace of restaurants which connects to the revitalised leisure entrance to Quayside MediaCityUK. A new bridge connection to the iconic Millennium Bridge will improve pedestrian linkages to Imperial War Museum North and a new Metrolink station.

A public realm landscaping scheme along the waterfront promenade will complete the transformation of this new lifestyle F&B destination, with biophilia extending through the F&B seating areas and internally into the revitalised mall circulation spaces.

The rebranding of the centre marks an exciting new chapter for this development, which, through the introduction of new leisure uses and a diverse mix of F&B units, will positively contribute to the thriving community at the heart of MediaCityUK.

Tim Partington (BA (Hons), B Arch RIBA)

Director, UK

Tim has been an integral part of the Chapman Taylor team since 1986. Having served on the Group Board from 2006 to 2023, he has played an active role in shaping the strategic direction and growth of the business, working closely with his fellow directors and studio teams.

In 2000, Tim took on the challenge of establishing Chapman Taylor's Manchester studio which under his leadership has grown and developed into the successful and diverse architectural studio it is today.

With extensive expertise from early concept design through to project delivery, Tim has a proven track record of designing and delivering complex mixed-use developments both in the UK and abroad. His dedication to achieving exceptional design outcomes has earned him a reputation as a leader in his field.

Areas of expertise:

Mixed-use / Workplace / Residential / Retail / Design Management / Delivery

Tim entra a far parte di Chapman Taylor dal 1986 e si unisce al Main Board nel 2006. In qualità di Direttore ricopre un ruolo attivo nella definizione della direzione strategica e della crescita del business insieme agli altri membri del Consiglio.

Tim ha contribuito alla creazione dello studio Chapman Taylor Manchester nel 2000 e continua a gestirlo: è inoltre responsabile del gruppo progettuale inglese, della pianificazione delle risorse e della strategia BIM/CAD.

Riconosciuto per la sua conoscenza di gestione del progetto, ha una comprovata esperienza nella progettazione e nella consegna di complessi multifunzionali sia nel Regno Unito che a livello internazionale.

Aree di competenza:

Mixed-use / Office / Residential / Retail / Design Management / Delivery

Tim ist seit 1986 bei Chapman Taylor und trat dem LLP Main Board im Jahr 2006 bei. Als Eigentümer hat er mit anderen Vorstandsmitgliedern des Main Boards eine aktive Rolle bei der Gestaltung der strategischen Ausrichtung und des Wachstums des Unternehmens.

Er war verantwortlich für den Aufbau von Chapman Taylors Studio in Manchester im Jahr 2000 und leitet weiterhin diesen Teil des Geschäfts zusammen mit dem Designmanagement, der Ressourcenplanung und BIM/CAD-Strategie des GB-Geschäfts.

Anerkannt für seine Design-Management-Expertise, kann er eine Erfolgsbilanz bei der Entwicklung und Realisierung von komplexen Mischbebauungsvorhaben in Großbritannien und international vorweisen.


Mixed-Use / Bürobau / Wohnungsbau / Einzelhandel / Projektleitung / Ausführungsplanung

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