CityCo Event & Meeting Spaces

Our Covid Response

CityCo and Manchester BID understand that the health, safety and well-being of our staff and our event guests are paramount with Covid-19 in the new world. We have developed new ways of working based on up-to-date guidance provided by the government and industry bodies. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Fully prepared risk assessments to comply with hygiene, safety and social distancing
  • Staff wellness checks and social distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes before, during and after events using correct chemicals focusing on all touch points, surfaces and equipment
  • Rooms structured for social distancing including adjusted tables, chairs and presentation layouts
  • Natural ventilation
  • Hand sanitiser stations and washing facilities
  • Stocks of disposable face masks if required
  • Clear signage throughout
  • Dedicated event coordinator support on the day
  • Post-booking ‘use of space’ guidance for all clients.

We have adjusted our capacities in The Shipping Office and The Cotton Room to 20 people and 4 people maximum. See images below.

We ask guests not to visit our venue if displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, however mild.

In compliance with the above we have been certified ‘Good to Go’ by Visit Britain, demonstrating CityCo is a Manchester venue that meets government and industry Covid-19 guidelines for cleanliness and social distancing.

Site Tours: For the personal safety of our visitors and staff, all site tours must be booked in advance at If you prefer, we can also arrange a video call tour.

Our top priority is to make sure your day goes as smoothly, safely and enjoyably as possible.

We look forward to seeing you back in Lloyds House very soon.

Erica Roberts and Anna Mullarkey

CityCo Event & Meeting Spaces

CityCo Manchester is a beautiful heritage venue that can cater for a range of meetings and events. Whether it’s for a small conference or away-day, seminar or training session, presentation or photo-shoot, bring your colleagues to a unique space in the heart of the city centre.

The Shipping Office and The Cotton 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 & Charlesworth in 1867, the site was originally for 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.

Do book in for a virtual tour to see the rooms and their beauty first-hand.

*Capacities updated (July 2020) to comply with social distancing

The Shipping Office
1,130 sq. ft
2-20 people

A large impressive space on the top floor of Lloyd’s House with original heritage features from the 1867 cotton warehouse including 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.


Full Day: £800 + VAT
Half Day: £400 + VAT

10% discount for CityCo and BID Members
10% charity discount
*Subject to flexibility

Theatre Style (adjustable layout)

Cabaret Style (adjustable layout)

*Capacities updated (July 2020) to comply with social distancing

The Cotton Room
280 sq. ft
2-4 people

An airy, 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.


Full Day: £350 + VAT
Half Day: £175 + VAT
Hourly Rate: £50 + VAT*

*Minimum 2 hour booking
10% discount for CityCo and BID Members
10% charity discount
*Subject to flexibility

Prices Include:

Natural daylight and high ceilings
Original heritage features
Free WiFi
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
Conference calling
Flip charts with pens and pads
Meeting stationery
Break-out space subject to availability


We offer our guests unlimited filtered water, tea, coffee and biscuits for £3.75pp + VAT for a full day room hire or £2.25 pp + VAT for half day. To discuss additional food arrangements, talk to us about options.

Hire Hours

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.

Find Us

Google Map: CityCo & Manchester BID
Top Floor, Lloyd’s House
22 Lloyd Street
Manchester, M2 5WA

Nearest Train Stations: Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road, Salford Central
Nearest Tram Stops: St Peter’s Square, Deansgate Castlefield, Market Street
Nearest Car Parks: Bridge Street, Chinatown, King Street West, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester Central. Find availability at
Nearest Cycle Hub (secure bike storage): Piccadilly Gardens

Transport for Greater Manchester Travel Planner

We’re here to help

Talk to our Events Team, Erica Roberts and Anna Mullarkey, to discuss arrangements.
0161 838 3250

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 and our staff will be happy to help and support in any way we can.