3 May 17 A wander around the city centre with a foray over the border
into Salford (they haven't built a wall yet). Sunny but windy.
One of the building sites that have sprung up around Ancoats.
Cutting Room Square, cranes everywhere.
Sunny but very windy.
The Holiday Inn, Aytoun Street. Architect: Urban Innovations 2016.
One of the locals on the Rochdale Canal.
The Chinese Arch, or paifang, Chinatown.
The refurbishment of St. Peter's Square is almost complete, as is the 'Two
St. Peter's Square' building, the Paulownias trees are in bloom (Paulownia
tormentosa) and the Metrolink tram stop is fully completed.
The Town Hall Extension from St. Peter's Square.
The Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop.
The Rochdale canal looking towards Castlefield.
Oxford Road with its new segregated cycle lanes.
The Civil Justice Centre building (Denton Corker
Marshall 2007), Spinningfields.
The crane has gone from the No.1 Spinningfields
building, Hardman Square, Spinningfields.
The Avenue North, Spinningfields.
A sort of mini shopping mall.
The XYZ office building, Spinningfields, now completed.
These are supposed to represent cotton bobbins but they look more like
lampshades to me. In fact that's what they are - they have lights inside.
Another new build has started, near Victoria Station - Hotel Indigo.
This mural, by Nomad Clan, is on hoardings at the site.
Ventilation hole in the undercroft of the long gone Exchange Station.
Exchange station was once linked to the adjacent Victoria station with Europe's
longest platform at 2,238 feet (682 m); it could accommodate three trains at once.
What lies behind the mysterious red doors now?
Actually, it's a car park.
Another relic of Manchester's industrial past - one of the last remnants
of the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal, seen here where
it joins the River Irwell.
The new rail bridge over the river Irwell. Part of the Ordsall Chord
project, itself a part of the Northern Hub.
Tensioning the bowstrings.
One carriageway of the inner ring road now goes under the viaduct.
A rather large vacuum cleaner - clearing out the old ballast, I think.
Two more new buildings almost completed - the CitySuites apartment
block on the left and the 101 Embankment office building at right.
And regardless of what they say on their respective websites,
they are in Salford.
Greengate Square and the new footbridge.
We're heading into Salford now.
CitySuites from Greengate Square, with one of
its less than inspiring sculptures.
A videographer at work.
Another apartment block rises - the 44 storey Exchange Court.
Yet more apartments, this time part of the massive Middlewood Locks
development, seen here from a restored section of the
Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal.
The Kings Arms pub, Bloom Street, Salford.
Built in the 1870s and Grade II listed.