The Ivy Spinningfields, Manchester, UK

Sheppard Robson
Date Built
Completed 2018
Hardman Square

The Ivy restaurant sits on "The Lawn" in Hardman Square, Spinningfield, Manchester.  The architects, Sheppard Robson, describe the building as a, "....four-storey retail pavilion has been designed to be a permanent venue for a high-end food and drink offering,"  The four-storey, timber framed building that was , "... greened and softened with landscaped ledges and trellaces, tiered seating and street furniture, adding  some ever-needed public green space to the urban layout of Manchester city centre."

According to the "Gray & Dick Ltd" website the building's rooftop restaurant features a fully retractable glass roof.  This article appeared on their website on the 2nd of August 2018.  "Having recently completed the main construction of the new Ivy Restaurant in Manchester, which included all the glazing and feature steelwork, we were then commissioned to alter and enclose the roof terrace.  One of the main design principles for the new extension was a fully retractable glass roof. After great consideration and design work, we formed a partnership with Libart of Turkey as this is their area of expertise.  A meeting in Germany at a trade show and many phone calls and emails later, we resolved all issues and had a product that would satisfy our needs.  With a touch of a button on a remote control, the roof area will retract and provide open air dining and fabulous views.  We are in the process of installing at the moment and should deliver a fantastic product in the next few weeks."


Some images from the construction phase.