Spinning a golden future
THE launch of the latest phase of Manchester's gleaming new commercial heartland was celebrated at a glittering party.
Developer Allied London took the wraps off 3 Hardman Street, the latest phase in its £1.5bn Spinningfields development. The celebrations were attended by 1,000 people and starred singer Heather Small.
Miss Small sang many of her M People hits. She said it was great to be back singing `in Manchester'.
The massive skyscraper - still under construction - is flanked by futuristic buildings clustered around the new Hardman Square.
Last night's event, dubbed 'The Big Party' featured a massive fireworks display, aerial acrobatics and Brazilian-style samba dancers - all in the tree-lined square.
Party guests included Manchester Council leader Sir Richard Leese, chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein, Urban Splash boss Tom Bloxham and Hilton Tower architect Ian Simpson.
Sir Howard said: "This is another milestone in the achievement of our ambition of making a new commercial quarter which is not only good for the city but for the entire north west."
Property magnate Mr Simpson said the development has been a `fantastic result' for Manchester.
He said: "This used to be an area of dereliction, so to attract the type of business and quality of architecture and public spaces here makes this an awesome addition to the city centre."
The development will feature a glitzy shopping centre and a host of top restaurants including Yo Sushi, Café Rouge, Carluccio's Italian Restaurant and Gourmet Burger.
Talks with exclusive fashion retailers, including Giorgio Armani and Hugo Boss, are under way.
Located between Deansgate and the banks of the River Irwell, the Spinningfields development is already home to the Manchester Evening News, its parent company M.E.N. Media and The Royal Bank of Scotland.