Construction has completed of a striking gold addition to Salford Quays; a £1.7m bar on the bridge between the Lowry arts centre and Media City UK, due to open in August.
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Contractor Artez will hand over the building shortly to bar opereator Living Ventures to begin fitting out the bar and 100-cover restaurant. The bar was designed by Reid Architects for the joint venture owners of MCUK, Peel Land & Property Group and Legal & General Capital.
Stephen Wild of MCUK said: “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.”
Marion Room of Reid Architects added: “It’s been a great project to work on, delivering something that’s almost a beacon on this prominent site. It adds to a mix of striking architecture including the Lowry and Imperial War Museum – it’s quite an ‘architectural zoo,’ with one of everything.”
The building features a gold-clad roof and walls externally and a terrace, which cantilevers out over the canal.
Speaking at the launch event hosted by the project team, Mike Banton, managing director of Artez, called the new building a “golden spaceship”