THE CO-OP BUILDINGS are seen across the picturesque (well,
it was 300 years ago) valley of the River Irk, just near the
bottom of Cheetham Hill Road.
The railway and Metrolink lines from Victoria Station can
be seen on the left, leading past St Michael's Flags and nearby
old commercial buildings some of which have been turned into
The large office building in the centre is of course, the
CIS Building, opened 1962. It marked the highpoint of post
war modernist architecture in Manchester, both in elevation
above the ground and build quality.
The site in front of us was to have been the location of
"The Gateway Centre" a shopping centre first announced
in 1997. Today in mid-2000 it has still not materialised.