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Castlefield Buildings : Architecture
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Castlefield Architecture, photos around the main canal basin © Adrian Welch, 29 Aug 2014
Castlefield buildings, photographs of key architecture in this area © Isabelle Lomholt, 28 Oct 2011
Castlefield building photos © Adrian Welch 2006:
Stephenson Bell Architects
For Castlefield Estates / Elle R Leisure
Stephenson Bell Architects
Merchants’ Warehouse renewal
Ian Simpson Architects
orig. warehouse 1827, Grade II
Castlefield is an inner city conservation area of Manchester. This conservation area is bounded by the River Irwell, Quay Street, Deansgate and the Chester Road. It was the site of the Roman era fort of Mamucium or Mancunium which gave its name to Manchester. It was the terminus of the Bridgewater Canal, the world’s first industrial canal built in 1764, with the oldest canal warehouse opening in 1779. The world’s first passenger railway terminated here in 1830, at Liverpool Road railway station and the first railway warehouse opened here in 1831.
The Rochdale Canal met the Bridgewater Canal in this district in 1805 and in the 1830s they were linked with the Mersey and Irwell Navigation by two short cuts. In 1848 the two viaducts of the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway crossed the area and joined each other, two further viaducts and one mainline station Manchester Central railway station followed.
This area was designated as a conservation area in 1980 and the United Kingdom’s first designated Urban Heritage Park in 1982.
During the 20th century both canal and railway transport declined and the area became somewhat derelict. The railway complex in Liverpool Road was sold to a conservation group for a nominal £1 and became the Greater Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. In 1982 the area was designated as an Urban Heritage Park and a part of the fort was reconstructed on the excavated foundations.
As part of the renewal of the site, an extensive outdoor area was developed as an events arena which is used for a wide variety of events, including the annual Dpercussion music festival. Granada Television television studios are located in the area along with the now closed Granada Studios Tour.
This area has several bars and restaurants which are particularly popular during the summer months when people flock to the area to enjoy the large outdoor drinking areas and regular live music events. The popular Barça Bar closed in 2008, leaving Dukes 92, Choice Bar & Restaurant and Lava Bar as the only bars within the Castlefield basin. Castle Quay is the home of radio stations Key 103 and Piccadilly Magic 1152.
Planning permission to turn the empty Jacksons Wharf building into a modern five-storey apartment block by the Peel Group was rejected for a second time in 2008. In 2011, planning permission was rejected again by Manchester City Council. Peel subsequently decided to sell the building and it is now a gastro-pub.
Manchester building photos – scans (ie low quality) © Adrian Welch 1990:
Castlefield building – Manchester Science Museum:
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