100 Reasons to celebrate. N03 – a rich heritage of history and culture

Embankment is rising up on a site that’s been at the heart of things for over 1000 years, a place that has always played a vital role in the local economy.

Medieval Quarter

Rich in culture and history, and home to some of the city’s most iconic buildings, the Medieval Quarter is located adjacent to the city’s retail hub and the Salford City border.

It is one of the oldest parts of Manchester and home to some historic gems and must-sees, including Manchester Cathedral and Chetham’s School of Music, two renowned historical assets of the Manchester landscape, as well as the National Football Museum, one of the city’s key visitor attractions.

The Corn Exchange is also situated in the heart of the Medieval Quarter, which is home to a unique mix of restaurants and bars from around the world, offering a fusion of different cultures and flavours. Neighbouring the Corn Exchange is also Sinclair’s Oyster Bar, dating back to the 16th Century. The building is touted as one of the most resilient structures in the city, having survived an IRA bomb in the late 90s and a brick-by-brick move 300 metres to the North as part of the area’s redevelopment in 1999.

Significant progress has been made in transforming the Medieval Quarter in recent years, commencing with the initial investments made following the bombing of this area in 1996.

The Medieval Quarter lies at the heart of the Northern Gateway to the city centre; an area with the potential to be a key driver for change, accommodating up to 20,000 new jobs as well as significant opportunities for residential development.

Salford

The vibrant city of Salford has both a fascinating history and exciting future, featuring a number of notable landmarks and a rich cultural heritage.

Salford is home to the Greengate baths, Roman Fort Mamucium, Ordsall Hall and Salford Bridge. Media City is also situated in the heart of the city, adjacent to Salford Quays. MediaCityUK was awarded the status of the first sustainable community in the world and attracts talent to the region from all over the country, boosting the local economy.

The Eagle Inn pub also has a long history that is cemented in the cultural heritage of Salford, dating back to 1848. The Eagle Inn is a friendly, relaxed and traditional local pub, accommodating a full calendar of live events from music and comedy to theatre and dance.

Exchange Station

The Embankment site sits on the former Manchester Exchange, which was a railway station in Salford, immediately north of Manchester city centre, which served the city between 1884 and 1969.

Prior to the completion of the station, the Chief Engineer for the London and North Western Railway, William Baker, died in 1878. His untimely death meant that his work on the project was taken over by his successor, Francis Stevenson.

Once the plans for the project were completed, the contract for the construction work was granted to Messrs Robert Neil and Sons for £93,400.

The previous tenants of Salford’s historic core subsequently lost their homes to make way for the development and in the short space of one month, 27,000 square yards of the site had been cleared.

The first train passed through the station on the 30th June 1984, following four years of extensive construction work.

To begin with, Exchange Station was considered to be just an extension to Manchester Victoria. However, the station soon developed an identity of its own, until January 1922, when the merger of the Lancashire and Yorkshire with the London & North Western urged companies to combine the two stations, by extending Platform 11 in Victoria across the Irwell to Salford.

At 2,238 feet in length the subsequent platform could accommodate three separate trains at the same time, making it the longest in Europe.

Manchester Victoria station has since undergone a £44m redesign, consisting of four new tram platforms and three new tracks, increasing passenger numbers from 20,000 to 40,000 per day.