Friday, 3 July 2015

Five on Friday - Media City Salford Quays

Welcome to my blog which is linking up today with Amy for Five on Friday.

With the BBC and ITV relocating some of their departments to Salford Quays, what does the area look like?

1. The Quays

Salford Quays is a waterfront location a 15 minute tram ride from Manchester. It is the site of the old Salford Docks opened by Queen Victoria in 1894 where the Manchester Ship Canal connects Manchester to the sea. In the 1970s the area declined and closed completely in 1982.  Since then the area has been regenerated to provide roads, bridges, an internal waterway network, businesses, residential areas and leisure activities.

2. Bridges

Trafford Road Swing Bridge




Lowry Footbridge or Salford Quays Millennium  Lift Bridge


The Lowry footbridge spans the Manchester Ship Canal. Motors drive down counterweights in the four towers which use a system of pulleys and hydraulics to raise the deck by 23 metres above the waterline to allow larger vessels to pass through.



The Media City Footbridge 



This bridge is a cable stayed swing mechanism footbridge which also spans the Canal.  It swings though 71 degrees.


3. Landmarks


The Lowry is an arts centre containing two theatres, studio, restaurant, cafes and bars along the waterfront as well as galleries showing the work of local Artist L.S. Lowry. Nearby is the Lowry Outlet Shopping Centre.









Imperial War Museum North



4. Media City

The BBC moved to Media City in 2011, they now have 26 departments working there with 2,700 people employed.  Have a look here to see which programmes are made there.







ITV also moved there in 2013 where they have rebuilt the set for Coronation Street. Here's some information.

Tours are available at the BBC and ITV but have to be booked in advance.


5. All this plus a certain Manchester United football club is round the corner.



Looks lovely doesn't it!

Thanks so much for visiting.

 I hope you have a great week.

16 comments:

  1. Lovely, I haven't been since they opened Media City but have been on the Snowdrop along the Ship Canal to Liverpool and also visited The Lowry and The Imperial War Museum. Great to see all these palces again:)

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    1. The Snowdrop conjures up a lovely picture! :-)

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  2. I have not been there since the Lowry opened so many years ago now. You do take such clear photographs. thanks for sharing x

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    1. Thanks, we've always been lucky with the weather there. Have fun :-)

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  3. It was a lovely place to visit. So many interesting things to see. I love the footbridge.

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    1. It's all modern and a bit different. Have a good week :-)

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  4. Who would have thought there were so many places to visit. You have captured some lovely images on camera. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks, the weekend has flown again :-)

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  5. It's very lovely! Such beautiful photos of the bridges, buildings, museum and the quay!

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    1. It makes a change! Have a good week. :-)

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  6. Nice to see that the area is booming now once again. It all looks lovely. Best wishes, Tammy

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    1. Looks nice and sparkly in the sun. Have fun :-)

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  7. Luckily I found you through Google search since your blog profile wasn't available through your comment link you left for me when you visited Hootin' Anni's.

    What a great series of lovely photos of your area!! They're all so beautiful.

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    1. Maybe I have a setting wrong on the blog but I'm not sure what! Glad you liked the photos. :-)

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  8. I visited there a couple of weeks ago to see the Lowry exhibition. It has changed a lot in recent years. The day I went it was raining so my pictures are not nearly as nice as yours xx

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  9. All the water gives it a different feel, doesn't it. x

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