A PYRAMID in northern England known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” is to be given new life and reopened to the public.
The word ‘pyramid’ is more commonly associated with the Egyptians or the Aztecs, but Britain has its own impressive pyramid in Stockport.
The cooperative bank’s call center used to be located here, but it has been empty since they moved in 2018.
Now Indian restaurant chain Royal Nawaab hopes to set up a banquet hall in the blue glass building in time for next summer.
Royal Nawaab already has two restaurants in London, one in Ealing and one in Ilford, and the Pyramid is expected to be their next location.
Mahboob Hussain, the restaurant’s founder, said he wanted to “breathe much-needed life” into the building with an “unforgettable dining experience.”
He said Place northwest: “We hope to breathe much-needed life into this iconic building, bringing significant investment and job creation to the Stockport and Greater Manchester region.”
“We have received a positive response to our plans from the local population and media. It truly is an iconic building that put Stockport on the map.
“Now we want to bring it back to life with a truly unforgettable dining experience for guests across Stockport, Greater Manchester and beyond.”
Royal Nawaab made his intentions for the building clear in a post on Instagram.
They shared a video of the pyramid saying, “The symbol is back.”
They also hinted at when the new restaurant might open, adding: “Unveiling the grandeur: new Royal Nawaab Manchester opening in summer 2024.”
The building has both an interesting past and a relationship with the locals.
It was originally intended to be one of five pyramids that formed Manchester’s own ‘Valley of the Kings’, as created in ancient Egypt.
However, only one was built because the developers ran into financial problems.
The cooperative ultimately had to pay for the construction, which was completed in 1992.
The bank did not use it until 1995, when it moved its call center to the building.
Manchester Evening News say the restaurant would “breathe new life into one of Greater Manchester’s most fascinating structures”.
One local, Richard Dempsey, told The Sun he believed the new restaurant could do well.
He said: “I think it will be something more than just a restaurant. If it succeeds in the Asian community, it will be a winner.”
“It’s a local landmark right off the highway, so families can visit from anywhere.
“It could become a venue for Asian family events and parties – even weddings. They also have a large enough parking lot.”
Another local, Angela Redman, said she was excited about the pyramid as it indicated she was home when she returned from vacation and hoped the new venture would be a success.
She said: “It’s such a famous building that we all fly over on the way home.”
“I hope the restaurant works – it would be such a shame if it had to close.”
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