The grade two-listed Victorian railway arches would also hold an aquarium and bar at Salboy’s 40-storey Manchester residential tower, under the developer’s latest plans.
Newly released images from Our Studio showcase the development’s amenity plans, which are subject to detailed approval from Manchester City Council. The interiors were designed by Lister&Lister.
The renderings highlight Salboy’s vision for the plot off Albion Street, mixing architectural history with modern living.
“The vaulted spaces are on a huge scale and are absolutely majestic,” said Simon Ismail, Salboy’s co-founder. “We wanted to incorporate this historical element into the project and use them to create the most luxurious and unique facilities in the city.”
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Salboy-owned contractor Domis Construction is in the middle of preparing to punch through the arches to begin work on the service yard above them. It is a challenging and technical task, according to the Domis senior project manager Rob McLoughlin.
Already 6,000 tonnes of earth have been removed to make way for the 6,000 tonnes of concrete that make up the raft foundations. Using 1,000 tonnes of reinforced steel bars, Domis has put up 12 giant columns to support the planned-for towers.
“The scale of work going on underground is breathtaking,” McLoughlin said. “While it involves intervention to create the foundation platform for the towers, it is also preserving and opening up the arches which will be an integral feature of the development.”
On completion, Viadux will have 375 luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments. Amenities for residents include a private gym, karaoke bar, workspace, studio space and private dining in addition to the arches’ private pool, spa and bar.
The Viadux plans also include a separate 14-store office tower, which will offer 240,000 sq ft of workspace.
The £300m project is on schedule to complete in summer 2024.
Viadux is designed by SimpsonHaugh architects, with Renaissance acting as the development’s engineer. Ridge is the MEP contractor and Artal is the project manager and cost consultant.