Coverings have come down on a completed section of 76 Group's Manchester Square, revealing the Amsterdam-influenced architecture beneath.

Exterior cladding now visible, photo by Forum contributor Kaizen

Photos by Forum contributor Kaizen show a section of the new strip mall - built out of a former warehouse for The Brick located on the north-west corner of 107 Avenue and 120 Street  - with its nearly-complete cladding now uncovered.

Close-up of cladding materials, photo by Forum contributor Kaizen

While the Gardner Architecture-designed commercial retail development project has seen its share of supporters, it has been largely panned by members of our Forum. A poll shows a majority of users disliking the design, while comments cite the confusing name, out-of-context architecture, and the large surface parking lot that fronts the development - adding yet another car-oriented development in central Edmonton - as main detractors.

Reader poll results from our Forum

According to Anton Morgulis of 76 Group Co via a LinkedIn post, the complex already has several tenants lined up from restaurants and coffee shops to showrooms. Tenant outfitting set to begin in May, and a grand opening is planned for September this year.

Remaining portion of the complex awaiting final cladding materials, photo by Kaizen

When complete, Manchester Square will bring approximately 56,000 square-feet of retail space split across about 20 units to the area of Queen Mary Park and Westmount.

Rendering of Manchester Square, image via 76 Group Co

SkyriseEdmonton will continue to follow this project as it progresses. More images and information can be found in the project Database entry linked below. What do you think of Manchester Square? Leave a comment below, or join the discussion in our Forum, where you can also participate in the poll.