News Artez Begins Work £17m Leisure Development Mediacityuk Manchester

Greater Manchester-based construction specialist Artez Group has broken ground on a £1.7 million leisure development at MediaCityUK.

Located on the site known as The Bund in Salford Quays, The Alchemist cocktail bar and restaurant sits on the bridge linking MediaCityUK to The Lowry.

Developed for Living Ventures restaurant group 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.

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.”

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.

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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 is due to be completed by the spring.

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