Work has commenced on MediaCityUK’s latest leisure development, cocktail bar and restaurant, The Alchemist.
Greater Manchester-based construction specialist Artez Group ‘broke ground’ on Monday 22 August on the site known as The Bund in Salford Quays, which sits on the bridge that links MediaCityUK to The Lowry.
Mike Banton, managing director at Artez Group, said: “The building is a stunning design so we’re incredibly proud to be working on what I’m certain will become an iconic landmark in the area. We’re looking forward to transforming this piece of land – formerly the location of the sales office for developments – into the region’s next go-to night spot.”
The £1.7 million scheme, developed for Living Ventures by MediaCityUK, a joint venture between the Peel Land and Property Group and Legal and General Capital, will see the construction of a stunning architectural design by Reid Architects.
Stephen Wild, managing director at MediaCityUK said: “MediaCityUK is continuing to grow as a destination, with a fantastic range of bars and eateries, as well as tourist attractions and major events that pull in big crowds. With this in mind, we are very much looking forward to adding The Alchemist – an iconic and highly popular brand – into the mix. The news of its arrival has been met with wholehearted enthusiasm and delight by MediaCityUK residents and visitors alike. We are pleased to be working with Artez to deliver this exciting project.”
The futuristic building will feature a gold-clad roof and walls externally, while a terrace will cantilever out over the canal, creating a trendy waterside al fresco drinks and dining space.
Simon Potts, managing director, The Alchemist said: “As a team, we are delighted that The Alchemist will be opening in MediaCityUK and hugely excited now that work is underway. It promises to be a popular addition to, what is now, a vibrant area for both work and play. The building itself will definitely make a statement, with some remarkable bespoke features. We believe it will become a truly iconic building in time.”
Work on the restaurant, which is part of the Living Ventures restaurant group, is due to be completed in spring 2017.