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New swimming pool and aquarium coming to Manchester Central’s Victorian arches

The development is said to be "one of the most technically and logistically challenging construction projects in the UK".

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 22nd June 2021

The vast Victorian arches underneath Manchester Central are set to house luxurious new facilites, including a swimming pool and aquarium.

The facilites will form part of the development at the city’s newest residential tower, Viadux.

Currently being developed by North West-based property developers Salboy, Viadux will provide 375 luxury apartments – with either one or two bedrooms – and residents will be able to enjoy a large private gym, studio space and treatment rooms, private dining, workspace and a karaoke bar as well as the decadent spa, pool and bar in the arches.

A massive engineering project is currently going on in the underground arches in preparation for the construction of the residential tower – which will rise up 40 storeys – alongside the 14-storey office tower.

The two towers will be linked by landscaped gardens.


A critical point in the £300 million scheme – which has been described as “one of the most technically and logistically challenging construction projects ongoing in the UK” – has just been reached this week.

The team are now preparing to punch through from the arches to the service yard above.


A new staircase and lift access from Great Bridgewater Street to the Deansgate / Castlefield Metrolink stop is also already under construction.

In the meantime, while the large-scale construction work continues, developers Salboy have released a collection of new images today that show how the historic arches will be used to create the state-of-the-art amenities.

Credit: Salboy / Our Studio
Credit: Salboy / Our Studio

Speaking on the progress of the development, Simon Ismail – co-founder of Salboy – said: “The vaulted spaces are on a huge scale and are absolutely majestic [so] we wanted to incorporate this historical element into the project and use them to create the most luxurious and unique facilities in the city.


“We have all this architectural history underground while rising above will be spacious modern apartments, fitted to the latest and highest specification right in the heart of the centre of the city.”

“The technical challenges and design elements are huge on a scheme like this,” added senior project manager, Rob McLoughlin.

“Some of these works never before undertaken in this country [and] it has required an immense amount of planning and team work to get to this point.”

The development of Viadux is currently on schedule, and set to complete in summer 2024.

Featured Image – Salboy / Our Studio