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Salford Media City tops-out

A topping out ceremony has marked the completion of the highest point in the MediaCityUK complex which is soon to become home to the BBC in Manchester.

The 19-storey tower block is now the highest part on phase one of the Salford Quays site - a development which will cost £500M.

Assistant construction manager Kevin Gosney used a golden spanner to turn the final nut and bolt of the steelwork, marking the highest point of the 86.2m unfinished office block.

Five BBC departments relocated from London will be housed in the complex, which is hoped it will become a Northern hub for the creative and digital industries. Building work on the 36-acre site is set to be completed by 2011.

Bryan Gray, chairman of Peel Media, said: “It is testament to the vision that Mark Thompson had when he decided to take the BBC from London and lift some of them to Manchester.

“You can talk all you want about MediaCity but seeing is believing.

“People do need to come here to see the scale and the fact we are building here in Salford Quays where people will work, play and be very creative.”

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