The outside of Tower 12 in Spinningfields Manchester
may look like any other high-rise, but this square tower
block is full of hidden gems within.
Inside this unique venue in the centre of Manchester
are two distinct experiences; the Restaurant by Aiden
Byrne on level 2 and the Lounge on level 12, a bar
offering panoramic views of the city.
The Lounge and its private terraces on Floor 12 are
pure luxury. This monochromatic bar is not only the
epitome of decadence, but with its wraparound views
of Manchester it provides customers with an added
sense of relaxation and class.
The Lounge’s unique vista means it is a great venue;
day or night. Open throughout the day for business
lunches or afternoon tea, the views only improve after
sunset, making it the perfect place for some of the
city’s finest cocktails and wines.
Sam Shepherd - Bar and Restaurant Manager at The
Lounge said: “it was this location which prompted
developers to create an exclusive bar utilising the
city’s views. When it came to choosing equipment,
the design team needed to ensure the quality of the
kit they used lived up to the customer’s expectations
and the elegance of the setting. It was no surprise that
they chose Gamko to fit the bar equipment throughout.
Because we are on the top floor of the building, the bar
has a panoramic view of the city – with key landmarks
visible from every angle. Views are striking - you can
clearly see the Town Hall and Manchester Eye. Gamko
took a consultative approach – looking at our space
and needs, and then made their recommendations.
They gave us different options and configurations.
Our business is about high quality in all we do, and
great customer service. We serve drinks at the right
temperature, in an interesting and welcoming location,
offering customers the chance to chill out and have a
“That’s why we chose Gamko – for their
skill and expertise. We wanted to develop
a space that would be different to other
bars, so our bar has a long row of drinks
bottles spanning the length of the bar
(a total of 15 metres) and then the bar
cooling equipment has pride of place at
the front of the bar. We stock hundreds
of different liquors.”
The rows of bottles against the glass window give a
distinct look to the bar. Our vision to fully utilise the
panoramic views means that we have an unusual
space to house our refrigeration requirements. It
isn’t a standard square space, which allows for instant
consistency with ordered bottles, neat rows etc which
made for a different design challenge.
We need really sturdy and hardwearing, quality
equipment. We need refrigeration that is reliable and
holds the temperature consistently. The products must
be easy to clean and maintain. Another important
factor is ensuring that the product has low running
costs and is efficient – the E2s have LED lights, and run
on environmentally friendly hydrocarbon gas, which is
very appealing to us.
Ergonomics is key in our business – staff need to be
able to move around comfortably and at speed – the
bar has to be easy to work in, so Gamko added speed
On top of this, we have just started serving food in the
bar, and the Gamko solution is working really well for
us in this respect, we have been really pleased with the
service and the ease of the installation process.
“Gamko have really worked in partnership
with us. We know we will be looked
after by the Gamko team their continued
support helps us to not compromise on
the quality and temperature of the drinks
that we serve.”