A reincarnation of the formerly derelict old Castlefield railway arches and the canal basin, Catalan Square is a fairly recent creation. The square is imaginatively conceived and overlooked by the café-bar, Barça , owned by Manchester singer, Mick Hucknall, of Simply Red, which is an inspired attempt to bring his favourite tapas-style experience to Manchester.
Located immediately beneath the railway arch, successful and ideally placed, it attracts large crowds, particularly on fine sunny summer weekends, when Castlefield regularly hosts outdoor events in the nearby Outdoor Events Arena, as well as boat festivals, street markets, fairs and music festivals. The bar conveniently offers light refreshments, drinks (just a coffee, a wine or a beer) and food in an elegant setting overlooking the Bridgewater Canal‘s junction with the Rochdale Canal Lock Flight at the Dukes 92 Lock, and is understandably popular. Well worth a stop to watch boats and water on a visit to the Castlefield Urban Heritage Site.
In 1995, on the occasion of the celebration of Catalan Art Festival, sculptor Maria Angeles Domingo Laplana presented her sculpture ‘Mediterranean’, which, according to the same artist wanted to represent the sun as a source of Mediterranean life.