C.Bechstein expands into Manchester

In October, Europe's largest piano manufacturer opens its first flagship store in Great Britain.


C. Bechstein has signed on to the exciting new multi-purpose building Transmission House in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, taking over 9,000sqft for a term of 15 years for its northern flagship store. It will launch a state-of-the-art piano showroom, practice studios and intimate recital area.

The tenancy is set to bolster musical venues in Manchester in line with the city’s Culture Recovery Plan.

The opening of the new center represents the manufacturer’s first purpose-built showroom in the UK since Bechstein Hall in London was completed in 1901. Bechstein Hall became Wigmore Hall in 1917, and is widely regarded as one of the world's leading concert venues.

Transmission House, a new mixed-use development in the heart of Manchester's Northern Quarter, is in a prime location close to Piccadilly Gardens and the Arndale Centre. The new building is one of Manchester's largest retail leases.  

Morgan Baker, manager of developer Fabrix, welcomes the piano manufacturer, “the Northern Quarter is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse micro-locations. We are delighted to welcome the world-renowned C. Bechstein to a city already personified by its musical prestige. Their presence will enrich the city’s cultural fabric and help aid the recovering retail economy.”  

And C. Bechstein is also pleased with its new location. In the words of Stuart Kernaghan, new director of the C. Bechstein Centre Manchester: “This new venture is our first purpose-built showroom in the United Kingdom since the Bechstein Hall was opened in 1901. Boasting a mix of showroom, practice and teaching studios plus a dedicated recital space, it represents an exciting moment in time for C.Bechstein and we look forward to it officially opening in November 2021.”