Manchester Gin has revealed plans to open a city centre distillery in Manchester.

The distillery, which will be based on Watson Street, will sit directly underneath Manchester Central, the city’s iconic conference and events venue.

The team will be working with Manchester-based Up North Architects to renovate six of the grade 2 star-listed railway archways. Plans for the distillery also include a bar and restaurant, where consumers can taste Manchester Gin, cocktails and produce from local artisanal producers.

Seb Heeley, co-Founder of Manchester Gin, said: “It’s been an ambition of ours, since we started in our dining room, to give people the ability to come and meet us and see how we make our beautiful gins in person. The arches under Manchester Central will be the perfect mix of the old industrial heritage of Manchester with a contemporary look synonymous with our brand.”

The venue is expected to launch in the summer, and it will also allow the producers of Manchester Gin to increase capacity with the upgrade to a new 1,000 litre still.

Shaun Hinds, Chief Executive of Manchester Central, said “Since joining the business 18 months ago, I’ve been looking for the right opportunity to activate our arches and reinvigorate this part of the venue. In getting to know Seb and Jen from Manchester Gin, I have been impressed with their vision for their business which in many ways matches the ambition of Manchester Central and the city as a whole. As an iconic feature of the city ourselves, I knew early on that this development would create a unique destination within the realm of our venue for both Manchester residents and visitors alike. We’re delighted to be part of the next chapter for this tremendous local business.”