At long last, Manchester has finally achieved its first Michelin star, bringing an end to a 40-year lull which has been described recently as “ludicrous” and “criminal”.

Mana, which launched in Manchester only 12 months ago, chose  Intecho’s intelligent lighting solution as part of its interior design.

Chester born chef, Simon Martin, whose culinary pedigree includes two years at two Michelin-starred Noma in Copenhagen, voted the best restaurant in the world for 4 years, returned to his North-West roots to open his first restaurant in Manchester. Mana is one of the most well talked about restaurants to hit Manchester for some time. Using strictly British produce to create a menu that constantly changes, enabling creativity and evolution, with a view of bringing the first, and long overdue Michelin Star to this vibrant city.

Its work at the impressive Mana has seen Intecho design in-house automated systems to control atmospheric DALI lighting by individual table which is all controlled via a simple to use app by the front of house team, as well as the design and installation of smart technology throughout.

Despite London credentials including Annabel’s of Mayfair, the world renowned The Ivy the unbelievably swanky Sexy Fish Restaurant, Emily Roux’s recently opened Caractère, Prada Europe HQ, and Conrad St James Hotel, Intecho have proven that it’s not just the English capital who can achieve and appreciate significant value of leading building automation technology. Knutsford based Intecho has been blazing a trail right across Manchester and the North West, lighting up some of the city’s most iconic buildings including the Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) city centre offices in St Peter’s Square, Motel One hotels at Piccadilly and Royal Exchange and Mana.

At an awards ceremony on Monday evening, Martin said he had felt the pressure of the expectation that created, as well as of the city’s decades-long failure to secure a Michelin star.

“Yeah, I mean it was quite a lot of pressure. I think it was something that a lot of people expected from us from the start but it is just amazing to be here among all these people. It’s just incredible,” he said, when asked if he was ready to be the “toast of Manchester”.

Co-founder and director of Intecho, Paul Murphy commented: “Manchester’s the second destination city in the UK and we want to ensure the dining experience is second to none. Lighting plays an integral part in creating the desired ambience in a restaurant and using the latest technology solutions, we are enabling staff to easily control this to suit the needs, preferences and mood of its diners.”