Quay Bar

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Quay Bar was a building situated next to the Bridgewater Canal basin in Castlefield, Manchester. It was designed by architects Stephenson Bell (now Stephenson:ISA Studio) for their client Wolverhampton & Dudley Brewery (better known as Banks).

Shortly after completion in 1998 the building won a number of awards, including an MSA Design Award, RIBA Award and the Manchester Civic Society Award. It was also shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize.[1]

With competing bars and restaurants opening closer to the city centre, particularly the popular Deansgate Locks, Quay Bar faced difficulties in attracting the same crowds it achieved when first opened.[citation needed] Following a spell of dubious management tactics, the bar closed in 2003.[citation needed] It was bought by Urban Splash who rebranded it as the rather short-lived Modo Clubroom,[2] and was subsequently let out on an occasional basis to Vietnamese[citation needed] military themed bar operator Canteena.[3][4] The building became vacant in 2005, subsequently falling into disrepair. During 2006-07 it became notorious for its use by drug addicts, suffering a number of arson attacks and prompting calls for its demolition.[citation needed]

As of November 2007 the building has been demolished, due to its dilapidation and frequent vandalism.


Coordinates: 53°28′25″N 2°15′13″W / 53.4737°N 2.2535°W / 53.4737; -2.2535