Affectionately known as the “Dukes Cut” the Bridgewater Canal was the first canal built in the UK that didn’t follow an original watercourse. It opened on 17th July 1761 to take the duke of Bridgewater’s coal to Manchester and a later route through Cheshire to the Staffordshire Potteries. It was built under the guidance of the engineer James Brindley. The new apartment building was the first residential project in the North West by the architect Lord Foster. It stands amongst the remnants of Broadheath’s Industrial past waiting for the redevelopment of the area, which to date has not happened.