On the same day as I got to look around No 1 Spinningfields, I also got to look around 101 Embankment. It’s a new office block that is being completed on the Greengate, Salford, bank of the River Irwell across from Manchester Cathedral. This site used to be where Exchange Station was and many centuries before that it was the old Medieval centre of Salford with tiny cottages and inns. Greengate is one of the old Medieval streets that still exists here. After Exchange Station was demolished the area was turned into surface carparks. It was like that for decades but, as Manchester has found its mojo again, these old sites are being pressed back into use.
101 Embankment is one of a pair of office buildings being built, the other being called 100 Embankment. Five apartment towers are being finished as well and another 130m apartment tower has just been started. Tim, site manager of 101, told me three more will be on the rise by Christmas.
The building is clad in glass but what makes it is the curved corners. It’s a classy build. I like the way that they have used the red sandstone arches of the old station and the cobbles of the old station approach to set off the new build.
It was good to see No 1 Spinningfields but it was WONDERFUL to look around 101 Embankment. Tim kitted us out in hi-vis jackets, hard hats, gloves and protective goggles and took us into the almost finished building. The tenants are expecting to move in in September. They’re going to have their work cut out to get it all finished.
This is the massive Greengate Tower apartment complex next door.
There were some good views to be had. The pictures look stained because they haven’t cleaned the glass yet. Here we’re looking at Manchester Arena and Victoria Station.
Here you can see the Co Op HQ, CIS Tower, the Hanover Building (under covers), Chethams School of Music, both modern and medieval parts. 100 Embankment will rise on that piece of ground at the bottom of the picture.
This is looking towards Manchester Cathedral, Harvey Nichols, the dome of the Corn Exchange, the Arndale Tower and City Tower away on Piccadilly Gardens. Look carefully and you can make out Ghostly Tom in hi-vis jacket and hard hat dressed as Bob the Builder.
This will be the entrance to the carpark level of the finished building.
This isn’t 101 Embankment it’s the building next door called City Suites. When finished it will be full of swish apartments with hotel style facilities for the tenants to enjoy. Individual apartment range from expensive to eye watering. But that hasn’t stopped certain, young Manchester City players from buying all the apartments on one floor and creating one super apartment. I know who it is but it wouldn’t be right to put his business on here. But he’s VERY prominant and might have needed a French/English dictionary for this summer.