Ducks at Embankment, c Salford City Council

Ducklings pending. Credit: via Salford City Council


QUACKING DEAL… Salford City Council’s 100 Embankment has been the region’s most successful building in recent years as far as lettings are concerned. Now, even the city’s ducks want a piece of the action. Two mallards have taken residence on the roof of the 166,000 sq ft office building, joining a list of occupiers that includes Deloitte, AECOM, Ridge, and X+Why.

While planners and engineers work hard below, the ducks have also been busy. A clutch of eggs was recently spotted in the planter that the feathered duo are currently calling home.

The city council, which owns the development in partnership with Ask Real Estate and Tristan Capital Partners, has confirmed the ducks will not be charged rent. Welcome news indeed for these expectant parents.

“The whole team here is now captivated and waiting for them to hatch, then we can catch a glimpse of the new ducklings,” said Neil Jenkinson, Knight Frank building manager for 100 Embankment.

“We’ll do all we can to make their stay a comfortable one, we’ll have to keep the noise down next time we have an event on our rooftop.”

St Michaels bottoms out, Relentless, p Truth PR

The only way is up. Credit: via Truth PR

BOTTOMING OUT… We have all heard of topping out ceremonies but celebrating the lowest point of a development is less common. Before heading out to Germany to cover the Euros for ITV, Gary Neville, director of Relentless Developments, was on site recently to mark the completion of a huge excavation at the £400m St Michael’s development. The dig forms an important part of the second phase of the Manchester project, and has seen 50,000 tonnes of earth removed from the ground.

As we all know, in Manchester, what goes down must eventually come up; Salboy and Domis are now preparing to crack on with the construction of a 41-storey tower.

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