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22 Aug
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NJL secures a new caffeine kick in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

We are thrilled to confirm Idle Hands, an independent Manchester coffee shop, has opened in its permanent home in Manchester city centre.  Their shop is located at Dale House (on the junction of Dale Street and Tariff Street) in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

After previous set-backs in finding a permanent home, Idle Hands began liaising with Helical Plc and Savills to discuss occupying a unit within Dale House, a 42,000 sq.ft office building which Helical bought in 2015.  Further to investing £7.6m to buy Dale House, Helical has continued to make significant investment to bring the office accommodation up to modern expectations as well as promote alternative uses within it (such as Idle Hands).

Acting on behalf of Helical, NJL was instructed to prepare and submit a change of use application and listed building consent application.  Our role included liaison with the architect and heritage consultant due to Dale House’s Grade II Listed Building status.  We prepared and coordinated the planning pack which included policy justification as to why Idle Hands’ occupation would meet policy objectives whilst causing no detrimental impact to heritage nor residential amenity.

Post-submission, NJL regularly liaised with the team including client, Idle Hands and Manchester City Council to secure both approvals. Read some of the positive comments below and good luck to Idle Hands!

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"Nominated for best coffee shop in Manchester” 

Manchester Food and Drink Awards


“Despite [Manchester’s] wealth of indie coffee shops… it’s safe to predict Idle Hands will do very well”

The Skinny Magazine


“One of 30 best coffee shops in Britain” 

The Telegraph

Photos credit: Idle Hands


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