The Icelandic ‘creative space' and coffee house will form part of Bruntwood’s new University Green
Creative hipster types lusting after a Nordic espresso and somewhere to charge their Macbook will soon no longer be resigned to the Northern Quarter, as Icelandic coffee house TAKK announces the opening of a new site at the University of Manchester.
The haven of digital nomadery, which opened early 2013 on NQ’s Tariff Street, will join the likes of Blackwell’s bookshop and (urgh, come on) Pret in University Green – which forms part of the university’s £1 billion campus redevelopment.
More brands are yet to be announced for the area, developed in partnership with property firm Bruntwood. Due for completion next year, it will provide 40,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space across twelve units on Oxford Road, each with double-height glazed frontages.
TAKK will take up a 1500 sq ft space, providing ‘exceptional coffee alongside a breakfast, brunch and bespoke craft beer offer.’ If the current menu is anything to go by, we can expect simple but carefully-sourced dishes like eggs three ways, sourdough sarnies and homemade soups along with a range of single origin coffees and espresso roasted by Bristol’s Clifton Coffee and sourced directly from El Salvador. The artisan bean botherer will apparently work with the Sheila Bird Group to create an interior which reflects the owners’ passion for Nordic design.
TAKK #2 will open in summer 2018 shortly after work on the Green is finished. Cited as a ‘landmark development in Manchester, which will highlight Corridor Manchester’, the development will be completed with a 210-bed Crowne Plaza Hotel and 116-room Staybridge Suites.
Phillip Hannaway, co-owner of TAKK commented: “We could not be more excited to be opening on the re-developed campus and have the opportunity to bring our passion for incredible coffee and food to a new community. From the design side of things we want to create something completely different to our Northern Quarter site, University Green is going to be an incredible space.”