In December 2015, Elle R Leisure, the company behind the iconic Castlefield based bar and restaurant Dukes 92, announced that it would be investing £1m in a major refurbishment of the venue to mark its 25th anniversary…
… and that SpaceInvader had been appointed as the interior designer! A former stable block for horses that pulled the barges up Rochdale Canal, the brief for the transformation was to be respectful of the area’s industrial past and use Duke’s existing features as a base for a striking scheme that would connect with the outside.
The 6,000 sq ft project, which was completed in just three months, sees the bar and restaurant stripped back to reflect its industrial heritage with the use of bricks, wood and black metal work as a nod to its original use as a stable block for the horses that pulled the barges along the Rochdale Canal. The focal point of the new space is a dramatic 50ft long brushed brass bar with a spectacular full height diamond form bottle display above it. The wooden floorboards have been replaced with a cream concrete floor, and dark grey walls and window blinds add to the simple lines and urban-chic colour palette. Oak tables with spalted tops, mink-coloured leather booths, antique-glass mirrors and midnight blue seating complete the look. The neutral tones spill into the gallery space with its large balcony, soft seating and its own bar whilst the private dining area features exposed brickwork, bespoke feature lighting and planting trellises to create an urban garden grotto feel.
"SpaceInvader really understood the brief and captured what we wanted with flare and creativity.””
"SpaceInvader designed a glamorous space with an elegant feel that is still very ‘Dukes’. It was great to work with them, they really understood the brief and captured what we wanted with flare and creativity.””
“— James Ramsbottom, managing director, Dukes 92
“To retain the character of the old building yet bring it into the 21st century was always going to be a challenge but with SpaceInvader’s help I think we’ve pulled it off. SpaceInvader designed a glamorous space with an elegant feel that is still very ‘Dukes’. They have enhanced the character of the building and captured what we wanted with flare and creativity.””
Converted into a bar in 1991, Dukes 92 reopened on 8th April 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of the venue.