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Gorvins Solicitors has successfully acted on behalf of former Masterchef winner Simon Wood on the commercial lease for his new Manchester city centre restaurant due to open summer 2017.

The 40-year old, who was crowned champion of the hit BBC cooking competition in 2015 is launching his new restaurant called Wood Manchester on Jack Rosenthal Street near HOME arts centre in First Street.

Colin Mellor, Commercial Property Consultant Solicitor at Gorvins Solicitors acted on behalf of Simon’s company in connection with the lease acquisition and development documents for Wood’s first restaurant. Working closely with the crowned champion Colin said “I am delighted to have acted for Simon in this exciting new venture.”

Wood said “For me, Manchester is the best city in the country, it’s friendly, vibrant, busy and has incredible nightlife.

I was instantly attracted to First Street as it is already the next go-to place in the city. It is everything you could need in a brand new, high-quality leisure and hospitality development and I share the estate’s vision as an up-and-coming destination.”

Commenting on the deal Wood said “I really have to thank Colin and Gorvins for completing the lease deal for me in my new venue.  As my first restaurant I needed to be sure that I could focus on making it a success and of course having a strong legal team advising me made this much easier.”

Leon Guyett, development director at Ask Real Estate added: “we are delighted that Simon has chosen First Street to debut his very first restaurant in Manchester. Simon’s enthusiasm for First Street is great and his new restaurant will be a fantastic addition to this already blossoming area of the city.”

Wood Manchester is set to open in summer 2017.