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Unique Rooms in the Centre of Manchester
In need of light and airy meeting, filming or presentation spaces? Head to our venue in Lloyds House, with heritage features from its past as one of Manchester’s original cotton-packaging warehouses.
We’ve had a fantastic run of businesses using our CityCo Event & Meeting Spaces this past few months. With thanks to all our clients and for the brilliant feedback to Erica.
Discounted Hire Rates for CityCo Members and Manchester BID Levy Payers
CityCo and BID networks can hire The Shipping Office, The Cotton Room and The Sorting Room with a 30% OFF discount on usual rates.
Non-Members are also offered 20% OFF while in-person meetings continue to ‘get back to normal’ post-pandemic.
Discounts apply to any bookings made between 1st- June – 1st September, for the rest of this year.
0161 838 3250
CityCo is Manchester’s City Centre Management Company. Our Event & Meeting Spaces are set in a beautiful heritage building and we can cater for a range of events.
Whether for an away-day or presentation, interviews and training sessions, a conference, online meeting, or photoshoot – bring your colleagues to a stunning and unique venue.
The Shipping Office, Cotton Room and Sorting Room are on the top floor of Lloyd’s House and overlook Manchester’s iconic Town Hall. The redbrick building has a fascinating history. Designed by the architectural practice of Speakman and Charlesworth in 1867, the site was originally the home of the ‘Manchester Shipping Office and Packing Company Ltd.’ and was the city’s first purpose-built cotton warehouse.
When the Manchester cotton trade was enjoying its last boom, the firm built some of the largest and most ambitious warehouses in Manchester. The company owned and administered merchants’ warerooms and office space, and supplied labour, machinery, and space for loading, unloading, storing, and packing cotton within the same building.
We look forward to welcoming you to our truly Mancunian venue.
We’re ‘Good to Go’
Our top priority is to make sure our clients’ day goes smoothly and enjoyably. We understand that the health and well-being of guests is paramount. We operate with:
- Fully prepared risk assessments to comply with H&S
- Cleaning regimes before, during and after events including touch points, surfaces, and equipment
- Hand sanitiser stations and disposable face masks if required
- Natural ventilation
- Flexible room layouts to suit social distancing needs
- Clear signage
- Dedicated event coordinator on the day
- Post-booking ‘use of space’ guidance for all clients.
A Few Words from our Clients
“Excellent host, facilities and great value. Will use again”
Donna Birch, Building Transformation
“A friendly welcome and amazing space. A huge thank you to Erica and the team – we will definitely hire again”
Chris Kneady, Science and Industry Museum
“I just wanted to thank you for your very warm welcome to Lloyds House. The room and facilities were first class. You made our short stay very welcoming. I think we’ve found a gem of a place.”
Paul Linfield, Strategem
The Shipping Office
A large, impressive space on the top floor of Lloyd’s House with original heritage features from the 1867 cotton warehouse; including high pitched ceiling, fireplace, exposed brick walls, wooden floor and a beautiful bay-window overlooking Manchester Town Hall. All combined with contemporary furniture, lighting, and top-spec AV equipment.
1,130 sq. ft
2-60 people (social distancing layout on request)
Full Day: £800 + VAT
Half Day: £400 + VAT
*Minimum 2-hour booking
The Cotton Room
A stylish, welcoming room on the top floor of Lloyd’s House, with notable historic elements from the 1867 cotton warehouse including pitched ceiling, exposed brick walls, metalwork, and wooden floor. All combined with contemporary furniture, lighting, and top-spec AV equipment.
280 sq. ft (social distancing layout on request)
Full Day: £350 + VAT
Half Day: £175 + VAT
Hourly Rate: £50 + VAT*
*Minimum 2-hour booking
The Sorting Room
An airy, welcoming room on the top floor of Lloyd’s House, with notable historic elements from the 1867 cotton warehouse. All combined with contemporary furniture, lighting, and top-spec AV equipment.
180 sq. ft
2-10 people (social distancing layout on request)
Full Day: £250 + VAT
Half Day: £125 + VAT
Hourly Rate: £50 + VAT*
*Minimum 2-hour booking
Light and Airy Environment
- Natural daylight and high ceilings
- Original heritage features
- Break-out spaces (subject to availability)
- Free WiFi
- Laptop (subject to availability)
- High-spec PA system (The Shipping Office)
- Desktop computer (The Shipping Office)
- Projector and wall screen (The Shipping Office)
- WebCams (The Shipping Office & The Cotton Room)
- TV screen (The Cotton Room)
- Roving/table-top microphones
- Presentation clicker
- Video Conference facilities
- Flip charts with pens and pads
- Meeting stationery
We would be delighted to offer guests a range of extra meeting set-up facilities, at additional cost. These might include:
- Bespoke Table Linen
- Podium Tables
- Extra Furniture
- Lapel Microphones
- Additional TV Screens
- AV Technician
We offer hybrid AV packages that allow combined digital conferencing with in-person meetings. Please talk to us to discuss arrangements.
We offer our guests unlimited filtered water, tea, coffee, and biscuits for £3.75pp + VAT for full day room hire, or £2.25 pp + VAT for half day.
To discuss food arrangements, please talk to us about options.
Full Day: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Half Day: 8.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 5.30pm
Or talk to us about more flexible timings to suit your day.
How to Use our Event Spaces
Nearest Train Stations: Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road, Salford Central
Nearest Tram Stops: St Peter’s Square, Deansgate Castlefield, Market Street, Piccadilly
Nearest Car Parks (APCOA): Bridge Street, Chinatown, King Street West, Piccadilly, Printworks. Website: apcoa.co.uk
Nearest Car Parks (NCP): Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester Central. Website: ncp.co.uk
Nearest Cycle Hub (secure bike storage): Piccadilly Gardens (CityTower)
Manchester Airport Distance: 8.5 miles
We’re Here to Help
Talk to CityCo’s Event Venue Coordinator Erica Roberts to discuss your arrangements.
NB: Event Rooms Accessibility
CityCo’s Event and Meeting Spaces are on the top floor of Lloyds House.
The heritage building is Grade-2 listed and although CityCo makes it a priority to be as accessible as possible, there are some restrictions due to the historic building.
Disability access is at our 18 Lloyd Street entrance where we do have lift access, however not all wheelchairs fit in the lift.
We have a mobile wheelchair ramp and folding wheelchair to assist. We also have an accessible toilet on the top floor.
For those with mobility restrictions and/or for whom this may concern, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and our staff will be happy to help and support.