4 September 15 Manchester. Mainly a walk around the UMIST campus. Mostly sunny.
The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) specialised in technical and scientific subjects
and was a major centre for research. In 2004, it was subsumed by the University of Manchester and at the moment the future
of the UMIST campus is uncertain. I started my working life in the early sixties, at a radio and TV repair shop nearby, and
I can remember the campus being built (yes, I'm that old). They are classics of the concrete modernist style which was in
vogue at the time but unfortunately at least one of them (the Faraday building) is suffering
from 'concrete cancer' and may have to be demolished.
The original UMIST home, the Sackville Street
Building (Spalding and Cross, 1902).
'Technology Arch' a sculpture by Axel Wolkenhauer.
Chandos Hall, Cruickshank & Seward 1962-4. Accommodation for 160
students with study beds and common room with kitchen on each floor,
this 15 floor hall of residence was a prototype for student living.
The top floor housed a warden's residence, roof terrace
and a communal room for parties.
The Renold Building. Cruickshank & Seward 1962.
The Renold Building.
Unusual sundial on the Renold Building.
'Combustion' by Marshall Hall, 1994. Outside the Renold Building.
The Faraday Building. Harry S Fairhurst and Sons, 1967.
'Alchemist's Elements' mosaic by Hans Tisdall,
at the entrance to the Faraday Building.
The Faraday Building bridge over Sackville Street.
The Faraday Building with its distinctive
patterning in the concrete.
Designed by Anthony Holloway.
Unfortunately concrete cancer has set in.
After the UMIST campus I had wander around the Northern Quarter
to see what was new in the ever-changing street art.