Napoleons Casino & Restaurant opens in Manchester

Napoleons Casino & Restaurant, the interiors for which were designed by Chapman Taylor, has opened to the public in Manchester.

Our interior design for the 1,450m2 Portland Street venue, on behalf of A&S Leisure, delivers a modern twist on the classic casino environment, with luxury detailing throughout.

The new casino will offer a range of gaming tables, including American Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker and Punto Banco, as well as hosting Mahjong and Poker. The latest slot machines and Electronic Roulette will be available in a heated and covered outdoor smoking terrace.

The casino, the fifth opened under the brand, also offers a private dining room and a restaurant with great views over all the action in the gaming area. The venue’s cocktail bar will be one of the casino’s main focal points.

The venue is designed to offer a complete evening out, from gambling to drinking and dining, requiring the efficient planning of all available space. All interior finishes are to a high standard, combining traditional elements with modern design for an air of exclusivity. Some of the light fittings, for example, are unique and interesting, including feature, track and LED pendants. The three-dimensional illuminated signage throughout the casino is also bespoke.

The ground-floor-level, wooden-floored reception area features high-quality wallpaper and bespoke timber wall panelling to create a “sophisticated” ambience. A glazed screen leads to the remainder of the ground floor, with the upper gaming area accessible via steps and a platform lift. The upper gaming area, which features timber wall panelling interspersed with brass insets, looks out onto a roofed, open-sided external courtyard bounded by glazed fins, complete with gaming tables and seating.

An elegant timber-panelled staircase with a brass handrail leads down to the lower basement main gaming floor. Halfway down the staircase is a mezzanine with views over the gaming area.

Each of the gaming tables is overhung by a large pendant light, creating an intimate space. The ceiling features black tiles in a gold grid with subtle curved elements. Walls are a combination of painted and timber-panelled, with suspended chain links in some areas.

Within the bar area is a bespoke semi-circular bar with a timber fin feature suspended above and a mixture of freestanding and circular bench seating. A restaurant area and VIP dining space is located to one side of the bar, with a full-catering kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances to the rear of the space. The project also includes the creation of full staff facilities, including a lounge, kitchen, toilets and changing areas as well as plant and storage areas.

The interior design was provided by Chapman Taylor’s Manchester and London studios, with ISG acting as fit-out contractor. The development is expected to bring 120 new jobs to the city and will operate with full COVID-19 regulatory compliance.

As well as Leisure and Hospitality environments, Chapman Taylor's Interiors team is currently working on a range of innovative and creative projects in the Residential and Retail sectors. Chapman Taylor’s talent and depth of experience in creating attractive and successful interior spaces, across sectors, is second-to-none.

Andrew Carroll

Director, UK

Andrew joined Chapman Taylor in 2002 and became a Director in 2013. He is a member of the UK Board and is responsible for the management of our Manchester Studio, including business development, design management, project delivery, recruitment and resource planning.

He has extensive experience managing and delivering large-scale, complex projects across a number of sectors.

Areas of expertise:

Office / Residential / Retail / Leisure / Design Management / Delivery

MICHAELA O’HARE ((BA (Hons) Interior Design))

SENIOR INTERIOR DESIGNER

Michaela is a Senior Interior Designer who has worked on several high-profile projects, including the ISG Headquarters at MediaCityUK Tomorrow, MediaCityUK Bupa Place and Quayside MediaCityUK (formerly Lowry Lifestyle Outlet), where she has developed the interior concepts for the Watergardens F&B area.

Michaela trained at Manchester Metropolitan University, qualifying as an Interior Designer in 2009. She been with Chapman Taylor’s Manchester studio since 2015.

She champions the use of Revit and Enscape to develop and communicate interior design and, as a Next Gen member of the BCO, Michaela is currently working on proposals to achieve a WELL® accreditation standard for the Manchester studio.

Areas of expertise:

Interiors / Office / Leisure / Hospitality / BIM / Wellness

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