Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Manchester's Quay Bar falls from Stirling glory to demolition

  • Comment
Stephenson Bell’s Quay Bar in Castlefield, Manchester, has been demolished, less than nine years after being shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.

In September the AJ revealed that the bar had been earmarked for demolition to make way for
a 15-storey residential project by Ian Simpson (AJ 06.09.07).

Roger Stephenson said: 'It was a sometimes heart-wrenching up-hill struggle to convince the client (a pub-owning brewer from the Midlands) to allow us to take the design intentions through to completion.

'It was a radical contemporary proposition in the middle of a very significant conservation area.

‘The battle to deliver the building took a few years off my life, and it was the only bar to ever reach the Stirling Prize shortlist, so it’s doubly upsetting to see it ripped apart.'

Completed in 1998, the bar won a hatful of awards, but closed in 2005.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.