BY LUCY ROUE

MJ Finnigan is currently nearing completion of the demolition of the Virgin Cinema at Clippers Quay, Salford Quays.

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Council bosses decided on plans for the ‘urban village’ – including 600 apartments and shops – last year.

Developer Amstone wants to build 614 flats in five blocks and 17,000 sq ft of commercial space on the four-acre former multiplex cinema site at Clippers Quay in Salford , which has stood empty for nearly a decade.

The old cinema was one of the first multiplexes in Greater Manchester and was opened by Virgin in December 1986.

Along with the Copthorne Hotel, the cinema was one of the first commercial developments at the Quays when its transformation from barren former docklands began.

But after being taken over by UGC cinemas, it closed in 2001 and has been empty ever since, with the grounds currently used as a car park.

Michael Finnigan, director of the demolition company, said: “A million memories have come tumbling down as the cinema which has been closed for 15 years makes way for a new multi million pound residential redevelopment on behalf of client Amstone Ventures.”

MJ Finnigan have been involved in a number of large high profile schemes in the city over the years most recent projects include the refurbishment of the Royal Exchange offices in the city centre and the demolition of the Old Lamborghini building site in Stockport.

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