Sep 25, 2007, 2:09 PM
This is a Pictorial Photographic Timeline link to a new development in Salford Quays in the UK for the new Media City : UK which will be home to 5 departments of the BBC in 2010/11. Salford Quays is 1 mile from Manchester City center. Development started in the middle of 2007. I work about 1000 yards from the new construction site. I have worked in Salford Quays for 12 years as an IT manager.
Media City : UK Pictorial Timeline (MC:UK) (http://www.mawhitfield.com/holidays/bbcmediacityukweb2007q3/index8.html)
Here is a rather clever 360 Spin view in QuickTime of the development site.
QT 360 Spin Movies (http://www.360spin.co.uk/qtvr/mediacity/index.htm)
Dec 10, 2007, 11:49 AM
I thought forum members might be interested to know the current status of the actual build for MediaCity:UK in Salford Quays.
The site now consists of 6 cranes with a 7th on the way (crane base in place). Most of the concrete cores of the new BBC building look to be in place or started, rising to 9-10 stories (maybe more) for the highest cores.
The land for the taller buildings off to the side of the main BBC building (right from the Lowry Centre side) is still being dug and prepared but more temporary cabins are in place off Broadway (the road that runs through the back of the Quays) presumably to house more MediaCIty:UK project staff and a contingent of the BBC (cameramen) looking at the latest articles across the internet.
The current phase of the build occupies 35-40 acres (next to the City Lofts flats) with other phases planned across the water on the Imperial War Museum side.
The overall site is something of the order of 200 acres but no visible signs of development has started outside the main phase 1 area currently. No doubt this will depend on discussions with other media companies being persuaded to join the MediaCity:UK estate.
For a photographic timeline for November / December and beyond (and pictures back to June of this year), go to Google and search on 'media city uk salford quays timeline q4' or goto the timeline link below.
Judging be the pace of the development, there is a big push on to meet the 2010/11 date for the first phase completion.
Those currently thinking about a career in the media by way of a chosen degree (media studies, photography etc.) might be one of the 15,500 new jobs to be created between now and 2011 in the first phase of this build. Also, the price of properties (and especially flats) in the area will almost certainly rise as a result of the considerable development occuring in this location with new flats being built currently.
I have worked as an IT Manager in Salford Quays for 12 years and live in North Bolton. When I first came here, the skyline of the Quays area was relatively flat but now houses such buildings as The Designer Outlet (80 outlet stores), The iconic Lowry and Imperial War Museum Buildings and new flat developments which continue to be built in anticipation of the BBC move and general growth in this area.
Apr 8, 2008, 10:46 AM
... Just for the record, for those who have the actual MediaCity:UK photographic timeline link stored as a favourite in their browser, the link below always navigates to the current months pictures. Just saves time clicking on the appropriate quarter and then month.
Backup at :
Latest Pictures from April 2008 :
May 10, 2008, 2:52 AM
Oh wow ... I was in Manchester maybe two years ago and this site was still derelict and this project seemed rather up in the air. But now ... all of those cranes ... it's a truly beautiful sight. Can't wait to see this one take shape.
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