This afternoon I went to the official ‘topping out’ ceremony at MediaCityUK, a celebration of reaching of the highest point of the development.
At 300 feet up (on the 19th floor of the South Tower of the Studio Block) you can get a real sense of the scale of the development, along with some great views on all sides (hey look there’s the Trafford Centre! Old Trafford! The Pennines!).
Looking down into the cluster of buildings that make up the hub of the site (Studio Block, BBC buildings) shows how quickly things are coming together, and you can already get an impression of how the place will look and feel in 2011.
You can see some quick photos below, but I will be updating later with some more detailed info and some better snaps!
Update: I’ve added a few more images from the ceremony (after the jump) – the final bolt being tightened by Kevin Gosney (Assistant Construction Manager), and Bryan Gray (Chairman of Peel Media), saying a few words. Here’s what he had to say;
“Phase one of MediaCityUK is a massive undertaking and the Topping Out ceremony is an important occasion. Although MediaCityUK won’t be operational until 2011, the size and scale of the development means it has already transformed this corner of Salford Quays.
“Of course, the city will only truly come to life when it is filled with people, and as each day of the construction programme passes, we’re getting closer to welcoming the visitors, workers and students who will make this a true media community.”