Beyond the Railway viaduct that runs parallel to Whitworth Street West, is an area beside Medlock Street that was once home to the Gaythorn Gas Works. And now a fantastic new social and business space.
Over the years the site moved away from gas production to gas distribution. When it finally closed, the buildings were demolished leaving a brownfield site that waited decades for development. If you approach the viaduct today, you will see a sign announcing the area as First Street and you will find it hard to miss the red ceramic clad hotel (Inn Side) rising beyond the railway line.
The site is now full with the lovely artistic space called HOME with The Gasworks a real ale bar & eatery, The Liquour Store and Laundrette two fantastic independent bars and the highly anticipated restaurant due to open soon by Master Chef winner Simon Wood.
You also have Indian Tiffin Room and Pizza express with Sainsbury’s across the road. Newly opened Kettlebell completes the area and First Street has something for everybody and defiantly a space every Mancunian should visit.