Following the success of the redeveloped £1.5m Banyan restaurant and bar in Manchester, creative studio NoChintz, has been appointed by Banyan owner, Leeds-based bar and restaurant operator Arc Inspirations, on two further Banyan venues in Leeds and Harrogate.
The company has also been appointed as design partner on Arc’s exciting new Kith and Kin bars, which will see NoChintz develop work on the brand’s maiden site in Leeds.
NoChintz associate director Amy Brown said: “We are absolutely thrilled to expand on our relationship with Arc and take on these fantastic new projects. I am particularly excited about Kith and Kin; as it’s a new brand have been involved from the outset of the creative process and ultimately have the freedom to explore new concepts with the client.”
The Corn Exchange Banyan site opened to much acclaim this month and was designed by NoChintz in partnership with KPP Architects. The 900sq m space is split over two levels with bar, lounge and kitchen areas on the ground floor and two private function areas in the basement, as well as a large outdoor space.
It occupies the corner unit of the recently regenerated Corn Exchange, which was occupied by Jigsaw prior to the £30million redevelopment by Aviva Property Investors.
Speaking about The Banyan’s early success, Arc Inspirations’ co-founder, Martin Wolstencroft, said: “Aviva’s desire to create a gastronomic exchange with high quality restaurants that aren’t currently in Manchester, coupled with the building’s heritage, were both deciding factors in choosing The Corn Exchange as the location for our first venture in the city.
“From the outset we wanted the best project team on board, a team which was on the ground and had unrivalled experience in this sector. NoChintz stood out thanks to its interior design detailing and knowledge of the local bar and restaurant scene and I am looking forward to taking on future schemes with them.”
Amy added: “The design of the restaurant takes reference from the history of the Corn Exchange and the symbolic roots of Banyan, which was traditionally a tree under which Hindu merchants would conduct their business, a concept which very much marries with the history of this building.”