Piccadilly Basin prides itself on being one of the most environmentally friendly areas in Britain - it’s home to the first office with a ‘living roof’, designed to encourage the breeding of rare black redstart birds. The five storey BDP Architects, Engineers and Designers office houses a landing pad for the birds, of which there are only an estimated 100 breeding pairs in the UK.
The successful redevelopment aimed to create both a tranquil and cosmopolitan setting in which to live and work. A small part of the re-development was bringing the Rochdale Canal back to its former glory after becoming unnavigable in the 1960s.
23 Ducie Street, Manchester M1 2JL. The best greasy spoon in town.
Deli for food lovers
For delicious Portuguese food - nandos is the obvious choice.
Restaurant in aBode hotel
A good spot to duck out of the office, hidden behind Piccadilly Station and enjoy your lunch
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The black redstart is said to have thrived after World War II but due to redevelopments in the city they are sadly, falling in number - making them the nation's rarest bird species. Thanks to Piccadilly's 'living roof' black redstarts will have a much better chance of survival.