Embankment West


Location: Manchester

Client: Sir Robert McAlpine

Value: £10 million

Duration: 56 weeks


Cidon were appointed by Sir Robert McAlpine for the concrete works package, encompassing the delivery of three towers at Embankment West, a mixed-use neighbourhood in Manchester city centre.

The concrete works commenced, following the demolition of several brick-built arches as part of the railway viaduct structure (which also formed some of the platforms for the Manchester Exchange Railway Station) removing 22,000t of rubble and waste.

Embankment West provides 356 private rental apartments and 147 medium term aparthotel units across three towers. The towers were 17, 15 and 17 storeys respectively, each served by a its own core with extended travel distances. Inside the structure, you will find 166,000 ft² of Grade A office space, with largely column-free 19,663 ft² floor plates. Each floor offering a stunning view across the River and city.

The project has three blocks programmed in simultaneous building sequence, which required a strategic program of works, carefully considering labour and material resource throughout the scheme.


  • Logistically challenging city centre location,
  • Three blocks operating in simultaneous building sequence
  • Complex crane strategy required for two tower cranes over three blocks