Definition of Ostentatious
Characterised by pretentious or showy display; designed to impress.
There are many places that meet this criteria, but you could say the refurbished Manchester Waterside comes close.
Firstly they cleaned up the basins, and placed lots of fancy housing around where the dockside warehouses are…whilst that was going on, they built a hotel on the dock 6, the nearest to the Trafford road bridge, built the bridge a sister and turned Trafford road into a dual carriageway
Wildlife made its way onto the Dockside, whilst a line of trees followed a walkway commemorating the areas past and transformation, as office blocks, hotels and shopping malls made their way onto space where industrial and ship repair warehouses once stood
The Office workers were given modern housing set by the waterside, and the owners paid a fortune to get the water in the basins cleaned up. Old Bridges were given a lick of paint, and the Gem in the crown of the transformation – An Arts centre – the Lowry was placed in a prominent position on the canalside
The latest piece of the Jigsaw ? arrived when BBC Manchester were considering a new base for their broadcast HQ. This led to the development on the furthest part of the quayside adjacent to the Lowry by Erie Basin. They called the development “Mediacity:UK” and hosts broadcasting facilities for BBC TV and Radio and ITV…as well as several production houses
Definitely a change from the Old Dockside…..
Ostentatious ? I’ll let you be the judge of that !