A topping-out ceremony has been held at the landmark Embankment scheme in Manchester city centre.
Council representatives and business leaders gathered at the top of 101 Embankment to commemorate reaching the highest point of construction in the building schedule.
Providing 165,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, together with retail/leisure opportunities, 101 Embankment will be ready for occupation this summer.
Ask Real Estate Limited and its joint venture partners, Carillion and Tristan Capital Partners, are now preparing to submit a planning application to build a further 10-storey tower adjacent to 101 Embankment, named 100 Embankment.
The scheme sits on Manchester’s historic Exchange Station, is overlooked by the Cathedral and is served by excellent public transport options and a range of amenities.
John Hughes, Ask Real Estate Managing Director, said members of the party signed a piece of steel to celebrate the top-out. He added: “It’s fantastic to have reached this point in the build programme. The Embankment scheme is going to be an integral part of a new working and living quarter in Manchester city centre. It also forms part of the wider Greengate regeneration scheme on the border of Manchester and Salford.
“When both Embankment buildings are completed, the development will be a new business destination and help the area become ‘the place to be’ in Manchester city centre.
“The Metrolink second city crossing will also connect Embankment with suburbs north and south of Manchester city centre.”
A 442-space undercroft car park, pre-let to Q-Park, will also lie underneath the two Embankment office buildings currently under construction, and be operational when 101 is finished.
Karen Hirst, development director at Salford City Council, said: “101 Embankment is another exciting development supported by Salford City Council to help provide the much needed new Grade A office space in the regional centre.
“The new impressive building totally transforms the area and marks another major step forward in the regeneration of the Greengate area.”