|WE CONTINUE OUR WALK around the Millennium Quarter and stop at the junction of St Mary's Gate, Corporation St, Cross St and Market Street.|
ONE DEANSGATE is one of the newest features on the city skyline, and is
visible from miles away. This wedge-shaped glass tower will house some of
Manchester's most desirable residences, some costing up to £1.5m.
Architect Ian Simpson, who designed the building, is going to live in two
of the upper floor apartments knocked into one. On the corner ahead of us
is the steel frame of the Shambles West retail development, which will have
a Harvey Nichols store, and on the right is the Marks & Spencer store.
EWM says: The contrast between gleaming Deansgate 1 and the abandoned council blocks of Oldham Road is very striking. Wealth and regeneration ought to be spread across the whole of the city and surrounding area, not just in some parts of the city centre.
ARE LOOKING UP MARKET ST from the intersection of Cross St street on the
right and Corporation St on the left. Straight in front of us is the Arndale
Centre which forms a bridge over Market St. The exterior decoration we see
here was installed following of the bomb, which exploded about 20 feet to
the left of this scene.
EWM says let's not forget - On this junction stood a number of older buildlings demolished in the 60's. To the left, down a side street, was the Fatted Calf pub, mentioned by one EWM reader.
POST BOX on Corporation St withstood the full force of the terrorist bomb
which exploded a few feet away from here on the 15th of June 1996. The box
was removed during repair work and restored to its original spot in 1999.
EWM says: The post box may have survived the ultimate test, but after less than two years, the plaque is already corroded and needs to be replaced.
THE CORN EXCHANGE was badly
damaged in the 1996 bomb, and underwent extensive repair work before being
re-opened as The Triangle shopping centre. The Corn Exchange was built
in 1905 and occupies a triangular site on the street named Hanging Ditch.
Now Hanging Ditch is part of the newly-created Exchange Square modelled
by American designer Martha Schwartz. We notice that curved metal plates
have been fitted on top of the walls, presumably because youths were using
them for dangerous skateboarding stunts.
|LATER IN 2002 THE URBIS CENTRE will be welcoming its first visitors. Among the exhibits you'll be able to see some Aidan O'Rourke photographs - portrait stills of people featured in video interviews. EWM returns soon with more pictures and articles from another local district.|