Media CityI mentioned in September that I intended taking my camera to Media City in Salford, new home of the BBC, and I finally got round to it earlier this week.

My visit was triggered by an offer I saw on Wowcher for a two hour photographic tour of Media City, the Lowry Theatre and the National War Museum of the North with local photographer Dan Tyack.

It was a bit of a gamble as you really need some decent weather for photographing buildings, but we dropped lucky. There was even some blue sky and some dramatic dark clouds behind buildings lit up by the sun.

This newly developed inner-city area is impressive and is still growing – we walked by the work going on to build the new set for Coronation Street by the docks – and the architecture is fabulous, from the high rise apartments to the dramatic Imperial War Museum.

Anyway, below is my album of images from my day there. Please click to enlarge.

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3 comments… Add yours
  • BBC Pudding 12th October 2012

    Another interesting bunch of pictures. I especially liked that photo of you at a porthole. Isn’t it funny that even in cloudy weather we generally get the best results when the sun is behind us. Keep up the good work and you shall go far sir.

  • Roger Green 12th October 2012

    love the perspective!

  • Trevor Rowley 13th October 2012

    You make reference to Media City being the new home of the BBC, Mr P. But don’t their independent counterparts (ITV or Granada TV or whatever else they’re calling themselves these days) also have a foothold in part, at least, of this campus?

    I’ve only been down to this part of Salford a handful of times, so I can’t speak too authoritatively on the subject, but I did find it rather a depressing experience. Vast expanses of space which had formerly been given over to bustling industry and activity now given over to concrete, glass and steel in a somewhat hopeful attempt that the old Salford docks, and everything it stood for, could be replaced by modernity.

    The shops, in the Lowry Shopping Mall, were dreary little places with no atmosphere at all. The products were either last season’s stock, now being offered to the chancers at a knockdown price or just plain tacky. The restaurants and bars were threequarters empty.

    The towering apartment blocks were, no doubt, very pleasant inside but any prospective occupants would have to be prepared to pay “an arm and a leg” for the privilege of living in a somewhat soulless area – even with a Metrolink station into city centre Manchester at the end of the street.

    I haven’t, as yet, sampled the Lowry Theatre but I did stroll past and it looks quite impressive from the outside. Northern Broadsides (a theatre company based in Halifax, West Yorkshire) quite often perform there so I’ve got to get round to seeing them again. I’ve also got to take Grandson Number One to the Imperial War Museum North so that’s two on the “to do” list.

    A former work colleague is a Salford girl and she told us lurid tales of what went on when this area was in full flight as a docklands district. Wine , women and song would hardly begin to describe it; I’ll leave you to guess the rest. Perhaps a small reminder of what this area was once like can be gained by taking a look at the film of the Shelagh Delaney book, “A Taste of Honey” (Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan etc) where shots of the docks are featured. At the turn of the Victorian period, the Manchester Ship Canal had allowed shipping from around the world to come right into the centre of Salford (and Manchester) and clearly that was at a time when the north of England was the powerhouse of the nation (and in many ways, the world). The prosperity was not to last forever and what has taken its place at the old Salford Docks has now erased a significant piece of Lancastrian history. Mr P can give us pictures of the new but he’s about thirty years too late for the old.


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