Artez celebrated the completion with an event on the site, which sits on the bridge that links MediaCityUK to The Lowry, alongside developer MediaCityUK – a joint venture between the Peel Land and Property Group and Legal and General Capital.

Guests were invited to a sneak preview of the £1.7 million scheme before it’s handed over to Living Ventures to be transformed into trendy bar and restaurant, The Alchemist.

The story of the futuristic building – from its inception and design to the complex build process – was relayed to guests by Mike Banton, managing director at Artez; Stephen Wild, managing director at MediaCityUK; Simon Potts, managing director at The Alchemist; and Marion Room, associate director at Reid Architects.

“The design and concept for the building by Reid Architects was stunning and I think it’s safe to say the execution does it justice," says Mike Banton. "It’s like a palatial, golden spaceship has landed in Salford Quays!”

Stephen Wild adds: “This is an iconic, statement building which makes the most of its stunning location, overlooking the MediaCityUK waterfront. As the landscape here continues to evolve, The Alchemist will bring a stylish food and drink offer to the mix, adding to the vibrant destination we are creating.”

The building features a gold-clad roof and walls externally and a terrace, which cantilevers out over the canal, creating a sophisticated waterside al fresco drinks and dining space.

The next phase of work will see the fit-out of the bar and a 100 cover restaurant.

Simon Potts, managing director at The Alchemist said: “When plans were first created for this site, it was immediately apparent the building would make a bold statement and this most certainly is the case. We’re delighted to now begin transforming the interior into a welcoming and vibrant space for all who visit MediaCityUK.”

The Alchemist is due to open its doors to the public in August 2017.