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This £1.35 million bar for Bank's breweries, next to the Bridgewater Canal Basin in Castlefield, occupies a multi-level site 4.5 metres below the Bridgewater viaduct which defines its southern edge. The architect took advantage of the multi-level site by providing entrances at all levels, enabling the public to enter the ground-floor bar through canal-side doors or from the busy road level. Two apartments stacked above the bar make the building clearly visible from the whole of Castlefield basin, while the bar space opens out to the water's edge. Strong robust materials reflect the industrial heritage of the site, which was once the location of a Roman fort, but has also been a depository for coal and slag. The horizontal expression of the curtainwalling facing the canal contrasts with the vertical emphasis of the standing-seam stainless-steel stair tower which soars above the steel roof and the cream-rendered apartment tower. The Quay Bar, along with the Smithfield Buildings featured on pages 47-50, has just received an riba regional award. This is the first year that pubs have been among the winners.

CLIENT: Banks's Breweries

ARCHITECT: Stephenson Bell: Roger Stephenson, Jyh Lee, Stephen Wall, Ian Tarry, Jeff Bell, Keith Hamilton, Paul Iddon, Beverley Hindle

QS: Michael Flynn & Associates

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Stewart & Harris Engineers

CONTRACTOR: Roland Bardsley (Builders)

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