Bolton-based boutique construction specialist Artez Group celebrated the completion of construction works on The Alchemist in MediaCityUK on Friday 12 May, with its Golden top out event.
Artez hosted the event on the site, which sits on the bridge that links MediaCityUK to The Lowry, alongside developer MediaCityUK – a joint venture between the Peel Land and Property Group and Legal and General Capital.
Guests were invited to a sneak preview of the £1.7 million scheme before it’s handed over to Living Ventures to be transformed into trendy bar and restaurant, The Alchemist.
In addition, the story of the futuristic building – from its inception and design to the complex build process – was relayed to guests. The presentation was made by Mike Banton, managing director at Artez; Stephen Wild, managing director at MediaCityUK; Simon Potts, managing director at The Alchemist; and Marion Room, associate director at Reid Architects.
Mike Banton said: “The design and concept for the building by Reid Architects was stunning and I think it’s safe to say the execution does it justice. It’s like a palatial, golden spaceship has landed in Salford Quays!”
Stephen Wild added: “This is an iconic, statement building which makes the most of its stunning location, overlooking the MediaCityUK waterfront. As the landscape here continues to evolve, The Alchemist will bring a stylish food and drink offer to the mix, adding to the vibrant destination we are creating.”
The building features a gold-clad roof and walls externally and a terrace, which cantilevers out over the canal, creating a sophisticated waterside al fresco drinks and dining space.
The next phase of work will see the fit-out of the bar and a 100 cover restaurant.
Simon Potts, managing director at The Alchemist said: “When plans were first created for this site, it was immediately apparent the building would make a bold statement and this most certainly is the case. We’re delighted to now begin transforming the interior into a welcoming and vibrant space for all who visit MediaCityUK.”
Speaking of the development, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett said: “Salford’s food and drink offer continues to grow and develop within the city and I welcome the latest bar and restaurant at MediaCityUK.
“The Alchemist’s decision to make Salford their latest home naturally makes a contribution to Salford Quays and our local labour market, creating even more jobs for local people.”
The Alchemist is due to open its doors to the public in August 2017.